Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 17, 2020

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System Review

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The Cisco 5500 NCS is a full-featured very versatile family of routers. There are currently 4 different chassis models that suit various network needs from Enterprise, to Data Center, to Service Provider edge and Service Provider core. We are currently using the Cisco NCS 5508 in various parts of the network due to its versatility.
  • It is versatile due to the diversity in models and form factors.
  • Low power consumption compared to similar models
  • Mature operating system code allowing for quick production installation and configuration.
  • The 5508 router may not be as capable as the equivalent ASR 9000 as an edge device.
  • QoS/TCAM memory and Forwarding capacity with the NCS on high-traffic load
  • Protection during amplified DDOS attacks could be another concern.
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.
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Carlos Bedia | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 01, 2019

NCS 5500 Converged Solution

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We are using this platform across our whole organization for standardization of the services we deliver in our department for each site in our topology. The NCS 5500 allows us to scale up to 16 slots on a 5516 with each card having its own features and memory addressing depending on the network design.
  • High-density 100g ports
  • Card features scale with application or design
  • Support for segment routing and WAN aggregation
  • 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.
NCS 5500 is well suited for situations where you need high-density 100g ports for your application. It may not be the best choice if you need fewer bandwidth ports. There are other products, depending on the application, that might be better suited for what you need. Consider your application need and port requirements.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 21, 2019

NCS5500, great price, tons of bandwidth, all the latest OS features

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We use the NCS5508 series as our data center interconnect to aggregate multiple cages with a data center together, as well as to converge multiple physical sites together. The NCS5508 connect to other 5508's over our NCS2000/1000 DWDM infrastructure over a large metro region. They are a good price and solved our problem appropriately. They also have a huge amount of bandwidth (36x100Gb blades) and are running XR, which is great for automation.
  • 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.
  • Horizontal blade designs are rare these days because if the gear is shipped in a rack, the blade can bend. The NCS5500's blades are horizontal.
  • Not a NCS5500 specific issue, but XR has a ways to go, but will continue to grow with customer input.
It is a full-featured XR box with a ton of bandwidth at a great price. It could be used in a spine/leaf design, it could be used in a traditional core/dist/acc design, or as a data center interconnect. The box really is versatile if you have a use case for 100Gb ports, which we did, and I think this is where the industry is going.
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Jorge Melo | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 05, 2019

Performance and reliability workhorses

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We're using Cisco Routers for all our L3 corporate-wide. They're also bridging the gap for wifi connections for employees, hosts, and lab environments. They're paramount for our security strategy, and make it easy to capture and analyze traffic patterns, prevent outages, and forecast infrastructure growth needs. Cisco Routers are true performance and reliability workhorses.
  • Packet routing and forwarding.
  • Monitoring and usage tracking.
  • Distributed and high-availability architecture.
  • The price tag is on the high side.
Cisco Routers are perfectly suited for mission-critical setups, where you want a device with top-notch performance and rock-solid reliability. Its high-grade security features combined with great monitoring capabilities are also second to none. If you're on a tight budget or don't value these premium features you may opt for a lower level brand.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 06, 2018

Cisco Routers Rise to the Top

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Cisco Routers are being used across the whole organization in the multiple locations of the hospital. They help establish a secure and efficient pipeline of wifi connection for both our staff, patients, and families. Pushing forward on a mobile learning strategy, our network is helping my team and department determine where, when, and how our staff is accessing educational resources. Analysis of traffic patterns are helping us determine infrastructure needs and laying a foundation for our internal device expansion.
  • Excellent monitoring capabilities to track usage and map traffic.
  • Top tier mesh networking allows use to expand our network capabilities into low signal areas.
  • High traffic load bearing bands allow for excellent visitor usage.
  • Pricing
  • Our routers are already outdated, even having been installed within the last 2 years
  • I was using Meraki as a test environment before being acquired by Cisco.
Cisco Routers are perfect for large scale enterprise environments where mesh networking is a great benefit. Cisco helps us determine traffic patterns and network loads that inform our infrastructure expansions. Their equipment might not be as appropriate for small business, especially in cases where the business is not granting wifi access to guests and/or staff [that] are less likely to move across multiple access points.
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About Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Series offers industry-leading density of routed 100 GE ports for high-scale WAN aggregation.
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