Cisco ASR 1000: Preferred Enterprise Router
December 18, 2020

Cisco ASR 1000: Preferred Enterprise Router

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

We use the ASR 1000 extensively in our environment and it is the primary router that we deploy and support for our networks and our customers. They're modular, allowing us to use different features or modules but use the same chassis for different purposes. Its modular nature allows us to install these and if needed install another module or license an additional feature that keeps maintenance windows short and limits the need for redesigns.
  • Very reliable
  • Modular
  • Scalable
  • Performance
  • Cost may be prohibitive for some
  • Their reliability has reduced downtime.
  • Modular nature means only the on chassis is required and multiple services can run without performance impact.
  • Our engineers have found these easy to troubleshoot, decreasing our time to resolution for service incidents.
Before standardizing on the Cisco ASR 1000 we had explored the idea of using Juniper routers. Ultimately we felt the Cisco ASR 1000 was a better fit at the time. We have been very happy with this decision, but it might not be the right decision for everyone. It fit our environment and our needs very well, Juniper is also a very good choice.

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 ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services, Ruckus ICX Switches (formerly Brocade ICX Switches), Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800), CentOS
These work very well at the WAN edge, it may be costly for some. In which case, it may be worth considering an ISR if all the features or performance of the ASR 1000 are not needed. It works very well in a multi-gig environment regardless of the implementations we have done so far. These also work well at the edge or for smaller cores. I would recommend assessing your needs and checking the documentation to see whether or not this particular router will work for you or if it's overkill. In some cases, a significant amount of money can be saved by going with an ISR (if you still want to stick with Cisco). For data center core or similar environment, these might not be appropriate and I would recommend exploring other models such as ASR 9000.