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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco IOS

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 IOS XR7

Network operating system Cisco IOS XR7 is well suited for high-volume networks. It works well for those who are yester-generation and are stuck with the CLI command interface. Cisco IOS XR7 is definitely not suited for small businesses due to its high pricing. Additionally, purchasing security on top of this is a complete no-no for small to medium businesses.
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Pros

Cisco IOS

  • User friendly CLI.
  • Quick fixes for critical bugs.
  • Longer uptime.
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Cisco IOS XR7

  • Flixible.
  • Faster times to boot.
  • Utilizes less memory.
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Cons

Cisco IOS

  • No good element managers like Nokia.
  • Load balancing functionalities are not the best.
  • Memory issues.
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Cisco IOS XR7

  • Web interface can certainly be improved.
  • It is stuck with a command-line interface. I understand that old users were CLI addicts but a whole new world emerged and it's not fair to force them to learn CLI.
  • Pricing-wise it is always too high. Can look into reducing that exorbitant pricing for routers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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 network that functions using iOS software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS XR7

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 IOS

  • Great uptimes on proven availability/reliability.
  • Longevity of these switches ensures great ROI.
  • Easy to learn for new users.
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Cisco IOS XR7

  • Made operational simple for already Linux-style working workforce in the organization hence reducing operational costs.
  • Picking and choosing only those software packages needed for us certainly brought down our purchasing costs.
  • On the negative side, the initial cost of purchase is very high. Small to medium companies will surely think many times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco IOS

General

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

Cisco IOS XR7

General

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

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