Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) vs. Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Score 8.2 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 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Score 8.5 out of 10
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The Cisco 900 Series Industrial ISR (IR 900) series of routers are designed with an open platform to build a highly secure, reliable, and scalable field network infrastructure.N/A
Pricing
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Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
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 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(3 ratings)
8.2
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User Testimonials
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
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
No problems with any of the Cisco 900 Series [Integrated Services Routers] (ISR) platform features within the enterprise environment. Because these devices are running a version of IOS-XE as opposed to traditional IOS, some of the more 'basic' configurations can become more complex. In the end, the 900 Series is still able to provide the required functionality, but there is a learning curve.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
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Cisco
  • [It] works great full-featured, but [I recommend a] small router for remote sites.
  • [It] can handle more traffic than it even advertises!
  • [It has a] well-priced option for smaller or less critical sites.
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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
  • [It has a] pay as you grow model of licensing, but, [in my opinion, is] a pain to implement.
  • [The] service impacting license application [could be improved].
  • Configuration complexity [could be improved].
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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
I have similar feelings about the NCS 5500 Series Router. IOS-XR is great, but the need to upgrade components to support newer features seems like a planning oversight. 400G Linecards are great and needed.... but they need all new power supplies? Really? Also, the ability to use lags across multiple linecards would be nice. I'm pretty sure that's not available, but that is more understandable.
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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
  • Lots of money saved in downgrading from less useful and older full-sized routers at small sites
  • Time saved having to learn new commands (web GUI works great)
  • Saves time training staff to manage them
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