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Score 8.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco vEdge Routers is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.0

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

60%
2 Ratings
8.8

Cisco vEdge Routers

88%
3 Ratings

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 vEdge Routers

This router device works well in our organization environment. Cisco vEdge Routers are the best and quick at solving networking issues, so it [was our] cost-effective solution. They are easy to deploy and low-cost maintenance. The Cisco certification, the massive variety of products extensible, the manageability, and the reliability [are] all class features. For all these issues and points, our organization does not hesitate to select Cisco. Businesses nowadays have network platforms that accept technological improvisation and business-critical services across the whole network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco vEdge Routers

  • 3G/4G connectivity that can be used as a backup link.
  • Simple deployment and configuration.
  • Easy to manage using Web GUI.
Outman Ardy Yudha | 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 vEdge Routers

  • A more robust high availability link would be nice.
  • More competitive pricing structure.
  • Faster ethernet ports on the lower end vEdge lineup.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco vEdge Routers

General

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

Starting Price

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 vEdge Routers

A huge positive side of using Cisco is that it is easy to understand. Apart from expanding our software application industry, this device made a huge impact through acquisition. Using Cisco, another point that stacks up against all other routers is that it is keeping up with current business trends. Traffic filtration is very simple with an access-list, which works very efficiently. Cisco comes out with the best routing engine among all the other router services. Cisco overcomes all of the issues that we are dealing with [when it comes to] other routing services.
Anonymous | 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 vEdge Routers

  • It reduces the cost of MPLS.
  • Although it has advanced technology, it is cheaper than the traditional router.
  • Easy to manage with only 1 person.
Outman Ardy Yudha | TrustRadius Reviewer

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