Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) vs. Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) provides a scalable, flexible foundation so you can quickly integrate leading IT initiatives like SD-WAN and edge compute, while meeting the explosive network performance need driven by cloud-based application adoption.N/A
Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
Score 9.3 out of 10
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The Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000) is a high-density, small-form-factor MPLS aggregation router for metro aggregation and MPLS-enabled data center networks. The Network Convergence System 5000 Series is designed to economically scale large enterprise, over-the-top (OTT), and service provider data center networking architectures.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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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
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(70 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(4 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(5 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(15 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
10.0
(3 ratings)
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Vendor post-sale
6.4
(1 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
5.5
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Actually if we place it into the internet gateway, we do nothing in front of the firewall. Yes, it's working well also, if we put into the routing, it works well. But we should not use it instead of switch. Because some people tend to use the router instead of layer three suite. So yes, I try to use it.
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Cisco
The best scenario for us was to use the NCS 5000 for video conferencing. With several remote branches, we required reliable bandwidth for remotely connecting with employees. The NCS 5000 delivered the bandwidth we needed and provided the quality even with some low bandwidth sites.
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Pros
Cisco
  • The ISR 4000 is an excellent router for our voice services. We purchased CUBE licensing in order to do this.
  • The ISR 4000 is an excellent router for security purposes as well. We purchased the security license with the router and that allowed us to run a Zone-Based Firewall.
  • The ISR 4000 is very simple and straight forward to configure.
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Cisco
  • Higher port density allows for both higher bandwidth ports to the customer network as well as sufficient uplink capacity to the core.
  • Small rack space, smarter design, smaller footprint allows for more hardware the fit in the same amount of rack space.
  • Lower power consumption, less heat output results in savings within the data center environment.
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Cons
Cisco
  • A greater number of onboard WAN ports would be an improvement over the model we purchased, which only had two. [This] means we'll have to buy more expensive network cards to get more convenience.
  • The small router was a plus in some branches, but it was a hindrance in others. Its width is about half the size of the rack, so we had to keep it on top of another device.
  • When compared to its competitors, the rack mounting kit is unreliable and expensive to purchase.
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Cisco
  • Bugs
  • Transport components stability
  • Tac response time in some xases
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We renew Cisco end of life devices with current models.
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Cisco
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Usability
Cisco
Cisco Integrated Services 4000 series routers are very easy to use and manage. With the use of integrated management controllers, you can deploy new sites within minutes
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Cisco
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Support Rating
Cisco
There is always room for improvement with support, but Cisco support has been good to me over the years. Being able to call or submit online TAC cases makes it so I can get my issues or questions answered faster. They have even added the TAC bot for TAC cases to get to support even faster!
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Cisco
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
If you planning on upgrading your network to software defined networks, Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are the best. To successfully implement the project you need to plan and communicate with all your stake holders
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Cisco
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
We did not compare the Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers to other competitors as we used Cisco for a long period of time already. We selected this product as we used a lot of CISCO products in the past and with good support. Other products don't have the protocols that CISCO products have.
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Cisco
CAPEX and OPEX are less for NCS routers.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Can be used for ISE, Meraki access point, FTD firewall, works well, no worry about integration with any third party product. As this device can be multipurpose, ROI is faster and usable for longer period of time, as no EOL any time soon
  • This is an integrated modular device so even if my small offices are closed over a period of time, this can be re-purposed for other requirements within organization
  • This device supports WAN optimization within software. This reduces the requirement of that specific optimization device, which reduces my overall cost for a branch network
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Cisco
  • Communication among remote employees and branches has increased.
  • Quality of service from cloud and video applications.
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Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000) Screenshots

Screenshot of Product Description: MPLS aggregation router for metro aggregation, MPLS Enabled TOR/Leaf Architectures
Target Deployments: Enterprise, Over-The-Top (OTT), and Service Provider data center networking architectures