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Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)


What is Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)?

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) offers routing, security, and network management as cloud services with multitenancy. The series is infrastructure agnostic and programmable across the LAN, WAN, and in the cloud.

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Great product!

10 out of 10
March 07, 2019
They provide a huge benefit and scalability to our IP transit networking. We also use them as for wan and QoS.
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What is Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)?

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Mahesh Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have used Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) as the gateway router to our cloud platform. It is a great product to have full control on our environment and also integrate with our on-prem Radius/TACACS infrastructure. we use use this device to do traffic engineering in/out of our environment. We used this to circumvent the TGW infra on the cloud platform. we also use this effectively to manage different zones and segregate traffic for VPC-based traffic engineering.
  • Cloud gateway
  • Traffic engineering
  • VPN/VPC-based zones, DMVPN
  • License management can be improved, we should be able to use our EA agreement licenses
  • Pricing and cost of router could be more simplified
  • This could be made cost-effective as in current price models, but this cannot be adapted by small-medium businesses
It helps us the most to manage and route the traffic in our systems with ease. It helps efficiently in traffic management and routing along with network security threat reduction. Very easy to implement VPC-based routing and traffic engineering.
  • Available in virtual mode, helps reduce physical implementation
  • Very easy to implement and use
  • VPC-based routing and traffic engineering and monitoring
  • On-prem network integration is very simple
  • As this is available on AWS workplace, it's easy to configure and implement
  • Absolute worth for money, easy ROI
  • With the Cisco global support model, this becomes very easy to configure and troubleshoot and becomes part of my overall asset list
  • License management could be simplified and made more cost-effective
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000), Cisco Nexus Dashboard, Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring
Ryan Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We used the Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series to connect our on-prem network to our cloud environment in Microsoft Azure. We had some complicated routing and certain protocols we needed to pass that were not possible with the native VPN setup in Azure. The template was rather easy to find and "purchase" through the marketplace. Setup was the same via ios as on any isr.
  • Functions like any physical ISR router.
  • Can be sized according to need.
  • Easy to purchase and documentation was up to date.
  • Features on demand for more money is kind of annoying.
  • Seemed like there was an excessive amount of IP addresses I needed to assign to get it to work even though I didn't use them.
  • Cost is high for a piece of software.
If you just need to do simple communication to Azure such as smb and rdp sessions then the Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series is overkill. If you need to setup multiple mesh vpn connections to existing ISRs and have complicated routing with multiple protocols then Cisco Cloud Services Router makes that setup much easier and less work to maintain and troubleshoot.
  • Support for all protocols that a ISR supports so you can maintain feature parity.
  • Same configuration as any other piece of cisco equipment so no need to learn new code.
  • Can be upgraded in size with the click of a button.
  • We were able to quickly and efficiently setup connections to Azure.
  • We outsource our network team so having a single platform makes our support costs less.
  • We had no need to redesign our existing on-prem network to allow mesh connection to Azure.
Neither product supported all the protocols we needed to allow all of our locations to route. It does add some complications to the gateway and vnet setup though. Once we retired our ISRs we were able to go to Meraki vMX and the auto-vpn setup works rather well and is much simpler than IOS configs.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am using this personally at my employer in order to simulate topologies and troubleshoot technologies.
  • Easy and available to download with a CCO account.
  • Full-featured router platform.
  • Can run as many instances as you have memory to handle.
  • No issues so far running in VMWare player 14.0.
  • Would be nice if the license expiration simply limited throughput rather than removing features.
  • Better compatibility with VMWare player would be nice. Specifically, making sure you open the serial console almost immediately after turning on the VM.
I've had as many as six VMs running concurrently on a laptop with 32 gigs. This makes it easy to lab up many routing/VPN scenarios. Great study and practice tool. This makes it easy to experiment with technologies or topologies that it would otherwise be difficult to do. How many people can say they've got a half-dozen or more full-featured routers available and the power to run them.
  • I don't need to use outdated hardware for testing.
  • Don't need a dedicated power feed to spin up a usably-sized network.
Boson NetSIM or Dynamips don't provide the technology features available from actual router firmware.
March 07, 2019

Great product!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Cisco ISR 800 Series
  • Cisco ISR 1000 Series
  • Cisco ISR 4000 Series
  • Cisco CSR 1000V Series
  • Other
They provide a huge benefit and scalability to our IP transit networking. We also use them as for wan and QoS.
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • BGP
  • Scalability
  • Network Based Application Recognition (NBAR)
  • Netflow
  • More integration with the switching
  • A dynamic approach for software updates
  • More automation features and APIs
Well Suited:
  • IP transit and routing in general. They handle the MPLS, QoS and private routing superbly.
  • We barely have to touch the routers as they are rock solid.
  • They are a bit costly to what else is in the market.
  • The low end routers still include firewalling.
Yes it was a big integration decision and integrates with the network. The ability to automate is also a huge benefit.
We have not been able to use this thoroughly but the zone based firewall is very useful.
We have had no incidents in many years related to our Cisco routers even with software updates there has been no issue.
They are great! Even with the price point it is totally worth it.
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