8 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

The Cisco 5500 Series NCS appears to be well suited as a fairly simple core network device that doesn't require a lot of one-off configuration setup. It may have some restrictions if used as a peering and/or edge device due to control-plane protection design and QoS/TCAM memory and Forwarding capacity. The 5501 is well suited as a switch due to mature code and hardware capability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

  • Large bandwidth per blade at 36x100Gb.
  • IOS-XR for full functionality of automation and service provider experience.
  • Great price per port when looking at the scaling opportunity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

  • Works great as a full-featured but small router for remote sites
  • Can handle more traffic than it even advertises!
  • Well priced option for smaller or less critical sites
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

  • When upgrading components of the NCS 5500 it can take a particularly long time and many steps to confirm additional components. Have all updates on the need basis instead of a one-step process.
Carlos Bedia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

  • Pay as you grow model of licensing, but a pain to implement
  • Service impacting license application
  • Configuration complexity
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Cisco support is always informative and reliable. Depending on the level of support you subscribe to, the techs and Cisco TAC are well versed in hardware and operating system of the NCS series routers. You can receive 24x7 support and either Next Business Day or 4-hour part replacement from Cisco if required.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

We've always used Cisco, but from time to time we've interfaced with Juniper and Aerohive. Cisco has always performed better than Juniper, and seems on-par with Aerohive's most innovative features.
Jorge Melo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

Cisco Catalyst Switches are technically faster and easier to deploy, but don't provide the same flexibility when it comes to 10Gbps services or advanced routing. There are corner cases where having IOS XE on the 900 series ISRs provides the functionality required for complex applications where the Catalyst can not. Having the option to scale the number of active ports on the 900 series ISR helps in keeping costs at an appropriate level.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

  • Allows us to offer free WiFi for our visitors, patients, families, and staff on an equal performance plane.
  • Allows us to scale access and traffic based on usage, helping our staff maintain efficiency
  • This acts a major component to our mobile expansion strategy allowing development anytime anywhere
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

General

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

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

General

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

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