Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) vs. Cisco Small Business RV Series

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Score 6.3 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 Small Business RV Series
Score 8.0 out of 10
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The Cisco Small Business RV Series provides SMBs with connectivity, VPN for remote employees, and other features.N/A
Pricing
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco Small Business RV Series
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco Small Business RV Series
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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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
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco Small Business RV Series
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(3 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco Small Business RV Series
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
It's best suited for small offices 10-25 users. Any more and its best to move away to a more higher tier. It will be less appropriate for a mid level company with a large staff. It's best for a small business with a limited budget and less strenuous security functionality.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
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Cisco
  • It has the typical firewall functions you'd expect in an all in one unit.
  • GUI interface is easier to use by less technical users.
  • The extra features such as VLANs are nice to have.
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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
  • More switchports would be welcome, although this would increase cost and size
  • Faster wireless would improve performance
  • An SPF port would allow uplinking to more business-class switches
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Support Rating
Cisco
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Cisco
The features are good. The support is good. The resources to deploy, manage, and operate it are good. Customer's feedback and testimonials are good. The updates in terms of zero day vulnerabilities are good and timely. But, I still give an 8 out of 10 because I think the pricing, licensing, and GUI can be improved more.
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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
Cisco's power really stems from its brand reputation and honestly not much else. No one ever got fired for deploying Cisco, and that's why it stands out. The Cisco Small Business RV Series is no exception there; the unit is built well and does the job. However, much more powerful alternatives for routers are out there—the biggest competitor being Ubiquiti. The UniFi routers are significantly more powerful in all regards, including routing speed, IPS/IDS speeds, and VPN functionality. Support for those is admittedly rather lackluster though, so if your network is critical, you are effectively self-insuring your equipment. For some that may be fine, but for others, that risk of extended downtime is just not worth it.
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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
  • Very good ROI
  • Most products have a CLI that is easy to use and understand.
  • Very large feature set. Cisco offers numerous open standard and proprietary protocols and options in their code that other vendors lack parity with.
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