Cisco IOS vs. Cisco IOS XR7

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco IOS
Score 9.4 out of 10
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Cisco IOS, presently in its 15th edition, is a network operating system for service providers and enterprises alike.N/A
Cisco IOS XR7
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Cisco IOS XR7 is a network operating system which the vendor states delivers greater modularity, a simplified networking stack, and cloud-enhanced automation for improved network programmability.N/A
Pricing
Cisco IOSCisco IOS XR7
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Cisco IOSCisco IOS XR7
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Cisco IOSCisco IOS XR7
Considered Both Products
Cisco IOS
Chose Cisco IOS
We have found other Cisco software to be filled with added functionalities as compared to iOS. New NCS software has certain programmability features that are advantageous to legacy iOS software but are more complex to use for some users. Hence, we still have most areas of the …
Cisco IOS XR7

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Top Pros

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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies

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Enterprises
Cisco NX-OS
Cisco NX-OS
Score 9.4 out of 10
Cisco NX-OS
Cisco NX-OS
Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco IOSCisco IOS XR7
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
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9.0
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User Testimonials
Cisco IOSCisco IOS XR7
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Well suited for building management networks across the organization as it has been reliable without much downtime. Since it has great switching qualities, it suites well for data center and end-user connectivity using access switches. It might not be the best for routing, as other XOR software has proven to be superior for routing.
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Cisco
Before we moved to Cisco IOS XR7, we did not have the opportunity to automate the network configuration. Recently with new rollouts we have used the network orchestration modules within the new IOS to enhance zero-touch config, even though there can be additional features. We have saved a lot of repetitive work with this product.
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Pros
Cisco
  • User friendly CLI.
  • Quick fixes for critical bugs.
  • Longer uptime.
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Cisco
  • Flixible.
  • Faster times to boot.
  • Utilizes less memory.
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Cons
Cisco
  • No good element managers like Nokia.
  • Load balancing functionalities are not the best.
  • Memory issues.
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Cisco
  • Graphic User Interface could be improved
  • Network Orchestration
  • Zero touch config could have more features
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
We have found other Cisco software to be filled with added functionalities as compared to iOS. New NCS software has certain programmability features that are advantageous to legacy iOS software but are more complex to use for some users. Hence, we still have most areas of the network that functions using iOS software.
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Cisco
Cisco's routers running Cisco IOS XR7 are rock solid, have years of proven performance, and the maintainers base for its CLI-based interface for set up and maintenance. Even though it is pretty high on initial purchase costs, this year of rock-solid performance is what a few of our customers very much needed and this is the very reason a few of our customers, and we did suggest Cisco IOS XR7 running routers for them.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Great uptimes on proven availability/reliability.
  • Longevity of these switches ensures great ROI.
  • Easy to learn for new users.
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Cisco
  • Saves man hours with Network Orchestration
  • Scalable and cloud managed
  • Supports many platforms
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