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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco NCS Optical Series

It is well suited as an aggregation layer for at a data center to converge multiple devices and technologies, as the device has multiple capabilities such as wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM), Optical Transport Network (OTN), Multiprotocol Label Switching Transport Profile (MPLS-TP), Carrier Ethernet, and label switch router (LSR). Not appropriate for core.
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches are very well suited for a DC environment
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Pros

Cisco NCS Optical Series

  • Label switch routing.
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching Transport Profile.
  • Ethernet switching.
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

  • VPC
  • low latency
  • rest API
  • telemetry
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Cons

Cisco NCS Optical Series

  • IOS XR has SW bugs.
  • Monitor session not working well.
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

  • less bugs
  • less bugs
  • less bugs
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Implementation Rating

Cisco NCS Optical Series

Cisco NCS Optical Series 7.3
Based on 1 answer
As it runs on XR there the config is very straightforward. We implement the design obtained from the engineering team and haven't had issues. I have opened few tickets to resolve any doubts and Cisco has been supportive so far.
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco NCS Optical Series

I have used Cisco 5000 series mostly as it has other L3 routing capabilities. We use it on core to route IS-IS, OSPF and also peer it on BGP.
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

It is clear that Nexus 9000 switches are built for DC, with specific features and hardware for DC, while Catalyst 9300 is a campus switch.
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Scalability

Cisco NCS Optical Series

Cisco NCS Optical Series 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It supports hundred-gig links and ten-gig links, and scalability hasn't been a problem with this device. It can used on distribution layer.
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

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Return on Investment

Cisco NCS Optical Series

  • As it supports up to 3 TB ps, support high-bandwidth.
  • No negative impact so far.
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

  • hard to comment
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Pricing Details

Cisco NCS Optical Series

General

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

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

General

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

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