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Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

Overview

What is 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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Product Details

What is Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)?

The Cisco® Network Convergence System 5500 Series offers density of routed 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GE) ports for high-scale WAN aggregation and is designed to efficiently scale between data centers and large enterprise, web, and service provider WAN and aggregation networks.

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Features

  • Supported: Handles traffic growth with fixed or modular systems delivering 100G and 400G density.
  • Supported: Power efficiency keeps costs in check with systems delivering lower power consumption, down to 0.3 Watts/Gb.
  • Supported: Allows for unique network experiences with Segment Routing and EVPN powered by cloud-enhanced IOS XR.

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Screenshots

Screenshot of Fixed and modular options

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Video

Tech Field Day: Cisco Service Provider NCS 5500 Overview

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Competitors

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsCisco IOS XR7
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Juniper MX Series, Nokia 7750 Service Router (SR), and Arista 7500R and 7500R3 Series are common alternatives for Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500).

The most common users of Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Judy L. Berglund | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
  • Provides functionality to both Top of Rack (TOR) and Spine and Leaf role models
  • High Port densities
  • Deep packet buffering
  • Ultra low power consumption
  • Learning Curve for employees not versed on Cisco Technology
  • Expensive
  • Port Upgrades can become very pricey based on the number of ports being added
  • Maintenance costs can be very expensive, especially when renewals come up
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It has the 100G port density we require
  • The use of merchant silicon leads to very frustrating issues particularly related to the missing ability to do egress DSCP marking, which we use extensively in our network
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Carlos Bedia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
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