Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) vs. Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)
Score 8.3 out of 10
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The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) are designed specifically for the harsh, rugged environments often found in the energy and utility industries.N/A
Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Score 9.3 out of 10
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Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Series offers industry-leading density of routed 100 GE ports for high-scale WAN aggregation.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(3 ratings)
8.5
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) is well suited in an enclosed environment where there is no air con in place, and it may get quite hot. It provides copper and fiber connections to the next site so if you have a fiber in place, it suits as well. As it's not designed for speed, so if you are after high speed links, such as 10G and above, it is not the choice.
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Cisco
Cloud based solutions, these need the necessary bandwidth going from point A to point B. Automate as much as possible from a WAN Core edge standpoint, take away the always on maintaining of the routers/switches on the network. Automation is extremely important in today's world. The Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System would not be a very viable solution for a small company, especially from a budgetary standpoint.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Resistant to many elements that its exposed to
  • Work well in higher temperatures
  • Compact enough to be installed in an inground box
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Cisco
  • It is versatile due to the diversity in models and form factors.
  • Low power consumption compared to similar models
  • Mature operating system code allowing for quick production installation and configuration.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Harder to find and acquire than other routers
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Cisco
  • Horizontal blade designs are rare these days because if the gear is shipped in a rack, the blade can bend. The NCS5500's blades are horizontal.
  • Not a NCS5500 specific issue, but XR has a ways to go, but will continue to grow with customer input.
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Support Rating
Cisco
Have not had to use support yet but would follow our current Cisco process.
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Cisco
Cisco support is always informative and reliable. Depending on the level of support you subscribe to, the techs and Cisco TAC are well versed in hardware and operating system of the NCS series routers. You can receive 24x7 support and either Next Business Day or 4-hour part replacement from Cisco if required.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
While the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms provide better throughput and thin chassis (1 RU) compared to the Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers, the Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers survive in a hot, non-ventilated/aircon enclosed environment and, at the same time, provide connectivity from the sites back to the data center.
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Cisco
Ultimately other Arista and Juniper choices were tested but design and testing did not give much detail as to why these are better overall or in comparison. We are already using Cisco in this level of the topology so that was most likely the strongest reason and fit the application we are using it for.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Saved money on replacing standard routers that die in those environments
  • Saved time with the easy linking and connection options
  • Given us peace of mind that the device will continue to run without intervention
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Cisco
  • 100% uptime for 5 years.
  • No successful intrusion attempts in 5 years.
  • Very high throughput has allowed for constant and reliable connectivity.
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