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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

This device appears to be better suited on the edge of networks and less capable as a core device. It is very suitable to provide high bandwidth connectivity to the customer networks as well as providing adequate bandwidth to the core network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Any large enterprise with large throughput requirements for their business-critical infrastructure should use the ASR series routers without exception. The licensing cost might hit your pocket hard, but with the exceptional performance and reliability that the ASR series offers, it is easily the best option available in the market. It is the "tried and tested" router. Don't think twice, just go for it!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

  • Preformance
  • Stability
  • Innovative
Carlos Bedia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

  • Layer 3 multicast. It handles the additional load of multicast without issues. Other platforms we have used have had over-subscription issues.
  • We've used several MPLS features such as pseudowire using bridge-domains as well as xconnects. Plenty of features to solve any design problem.
  • IOS XR. I just love operating in IOS XR. Solve so many problems that exist in IOS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

  • Increased backwards compatibility would allow for more existing or older hardware to be installed within the new chassis if physically possible.
  • Streamlined OS upgrades, and the NCS have taken steps to avoid having the reload the entire device when upgrading software, but can be further improved.
  • Continued upgrades to hardware results in longer shelf life for the chassis, allowing less frequent purchases and upgrades.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

  • Upgrade process overly complicated compared to NX-OS or IOS: new images and the current configuration need to be compiled into "golden IOS's". If you don't include the configuration, you will have a clean device with no config.
  • Major bugs in every release. We have had to cycle through all of our routers 3 times in the last year for updates due to show-stopping bugs that did not come to light until after the changes were made in production.
  • Terrible documentation. You have to mine their site to get to any documentation for recent versions of IOS-XR. If you make the leap from 32-bit cXR to 64-bit eXR then the documentation is more-or-less non-existent. Due to the internal architecture of hardware itself, technical specs can change from software version to software version, so don't expect any sort of firm scalability numbers. You'll have to rely on your sales engineer for that.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

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Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always impressed with Cisco products, from the functionality to the customer support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

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Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) 6.4
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In some ways, the platform is a big improvement over our previous IOS and NX-OS devices:
  • They offer version-controlled configuration staging/commits.
  • They have a robust portfolio of network protocols and features even beyond datacenter devices.
  • Due to the use of NPUs instead of relying entirely on ASICs for forwarding, new versions of the software are able to improve hardware performance and capacity.
Unfortunately, I have run into more bugs on IOS-XR than I ever did on IOS or even NX-OS (which has a shocking number of bugs of its own) and you have to be a licensing guru to get your order right the first time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

Overall better experience and traction.
Carlos Bedia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Juniper was more security/less routing and Cisco was more routing/less security. Redback was Ericsson which is easy when creating VRFs known as contexts. When doing show command it would give you all the information within that context. In Cisco you need to perform 3 or more commands to get the same info.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

  • The lower power consumption helps in reducing costs, improves efficiency
  • Better port density leads to less chassis upgrades, less costly upgrades
  • Smaller footprint allows for more devices in the future within available colo space
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

  • Higher reliability has significantly reduced the need for manual intervention
  • Lower downtime ensures better top-line figures
  • Although it may be difficult to quantify, I am certain that the higher performance does have an impact (maybe indirectly) on other business functions. High-performance routers are like the oil that keeps an engine running smoothly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

General

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

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

General

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

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