A wide range of devices in the family to suit a variety of network needs.
January 24, 2020

A wide range of devices in the family to suit a variety of network needs.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

The Cisco ASR 1000 series router comes in multiple formats, each tailored to some specific uses. They are physically different in size and how much space they take up, which results in computing power differences as well as what purpose they are best suited for. Given that information, we widely use the ASR1002 and ASR1006 within our network and organization. Both platforms use the same OS, IOS-XE.
  • In most cases, the larger ASR routers such as the 1006 and 1009s have sufficient capabilities to be used as a Core network router.
  • The smaller ASRs such as the 1002 devices are best suited on the edge, capable of handling a limited number of connections due to the fixed chassis.
  • The ASR 1000 series routers can, as with most devices, improve with additional memory capacity and upgraded chip sets for faster processing.
  • There seems to be limitations on the number of routing sessions the smaller ASR devices can handle, which can be overcome with proper planning and placement within the network.
  • The ASR 1001 and 1002 are relatively inexpensive devices that are easy to deploy and simple to configure.
  • The ASR1006 devices offer the ability to be configured as needed due to the ability to take Shared Port Adapters, allowing for a variety of physical connections to the device.
  • Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
The Cisco 1000 series devices in most cases perform vastly different roles in a large network than the ASR 9000s. They take up a lot less physical space, require less cooling and less power consumption at a lower cost. However, they cannot process information at the same efficiency as a Cisco ASR 9000, but if installed and configured properly, the devices can work together to efficiently perform all necessary network functions without impactful outages.
Like all Cisco devices, the support received from the vendor and the engineers on issues encountered with the Cisco 1000s is exceptional. They are familiar with the diverse offerings of the ASR 1000 family as well as the difference in syntax and command line interface between the IOS-XE operating system and XR flavors on other Cisco devices.

Do you think Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)'s feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) again?

Yes

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500), Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR), Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
The smaller ASR devices appear to be well suited as simply a router reflector type of device. Due to its limited connections, it will not function well as a customer facing device, but has sufficient power to provide routing table information to other devices within the network without being tasked to process too many packets.