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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

There are a number of scenarios in which the Cisco 1000 V Series is particularly well suited. Just a couple examples in our particular case would include reducing the over all security risk at our company as well as increasing network scalability (which proves to be crucial in an industry such as ours).
Jon Hersh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
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Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

  • Easy and available to download with a CCO account.
  • Full-featured router platform.
  • Can run as many instances as you have memory to handle.
  • No issues so far running in VMWare player 14.0.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • 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.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

  • More integration with the switching
  • A dynamic approach for software updates
  • More automation features and APIs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

Higher 10G port density on NCS540Availability of 25G/40G/100G provides greater flexibilityGood choice when full line rate is not neededGood choice when full capabilities of ASR9000 are not required
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

I can not really say for certain, as we did not end up ever using Alcatel Lucent Omni Access. We compared the two routers in a number of ways, and we decided that Cisco had a better reputation, better guarantee, and although pricier, it was worth it for their history.
Jon Hersh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

  • I don't need to use outdated hardware for testing.
  • Don't need a dedicated power feed to spin up a usably-sized network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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