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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) and Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

80%
14 Ratings
8.0

Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker

80%
1 Rating

Usability

9.1

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

91%
1 Rating

Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

5.5

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

55%
7 Ratings

Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

I can recommend this ASR 9000 Series model for the locations which are very Big like data centers, large offices, and service provider networks. Which will enhance the performance. We cannot use this router in small deployments. This is an advanced technology model which has many features like orchestrating services across a converged network and enabling on-demand service capabilities.
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Cisco

Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker can be used as Gateway/VPN or Firewall
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Pros

Cisco

  • [Cisco 9000] Series [Aggregation Services] Routers are exceptionally reliable when compared to other market options.
  • One strength of Cisco routers, in general, is their compatibility with any standard market tools from other vendors.
  • [It is] unmatched in terms of sheer performance.
  • [It] comfortably supports very strong throughput requirements.
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Cisco

  • Zero Touch Provisioning
  • VPN Device
  • Gateway Device
  • Firewall capabilities
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Cons

Cisco

  • [The] upgrade process [is] 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 configuration.
  • [There are] 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.
  • [It has] 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.
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Cisco

  • When Internet is lost and come back we need to reset the Z3 device from the dashboard in order to register the IP Phone to CUCM
  • It would be nice to manage the Z3 device to a local web portal just for TS
  • Max Speed 100Mbps. It would be nice if it could run up to 1GB
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Pricing Details

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Usability

      Cisco

      [I am] always impressed with Cisco products, from the functionality to the customer support.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      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.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      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 [the] 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.
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      Cisco

      With Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) you can establish VPN connections and maybe integrate the IP Phone to your CUCM; however, you need an expert in place; you need to configure it with tunnels GRE or VPNs for example; you also need to configure other VPN devices on the main site. With Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker you just connect it to the Internet and make some easy configuration from the Meraki Dashboard and are ready.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      Cisco Meraki Z3 Teleworker acts not just as a gateway but also as a VPN and Firewall. The performance is great and it solves a lot of situations, that I mentioned before. I highly recommend buying and trying it.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • 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.
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      Cisco

      • Good visibility for IT team so we can monitor and validate the teleworker traffic
      • Zero Touch Provisioning so we do not need to send a Engineer to configure it.
      • Consumer-grade network security
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