Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) vs. Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Score 6.4 out of 10
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The Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) is a highly secure and highly available access-routing platform for service providers.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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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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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
Cisco Routers
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 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(3 ratings)
8.5
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
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8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Well suited for10G aggregation at network edge. Small managed networks such as school districts or distributed enterprise campus. Not well suited to RPHY aggregation at network core — queuing in NCS540 results in jitter and poor RPHY performance. Allow port license purchases in smaller units. Better support for SLA performance monitoring capabilities would allow use as a box for 10G aggregation for Carrier Ethernet NNI handoff.
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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
  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
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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
  • MPLS feature set on NCS520
  • Full support for RFC2544, Y.1564 across the product line
  • Greater clarity of the impact of smaller buffers on NCS540 when compared to other Qumran chipsets — some use cases like RPHY aggregation at network core are not a good fit.
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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
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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
Cisco NCS is smaller and for us newer. Better cost with similar capabilities.
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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
  • Relatively low cost access layer device.
  • Very cost effective means of getting 10G interfaces.
  • Some features available on other devices out of the box are more complex or absent on the NCS without licensing or assistance.
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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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