The Cisco NCS 5000 series at a glance.
September 25, 2019

The Cisco NCS 5000 series at a glance.

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Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

This device will most likely be playing the role of a "leaf", due to it's higher port density. The device is designed to provide higher port density, meaning, more ports, higher bandwidth available as an edge device. As the demand for high bandwidth ports increases, this device will be useful in both providing connectivity to the customer as well as uplink to the core.
  • Higher port density allows for both higher bandwidth ports to the customer network as well as sufficient uplink capacity to the core.
  • Small rack space, smarter design, smaller footprint allows for more hardware the fit in the same amount of rack space.
  • Lower power consumption, less heat output results in savings within the data center environment.
  • Increased backwards compatibility would allow for more existing or older hardware to be installed within the new chassis if physically possible.
  • Streamlined OS upgrades, and the NCS have taken steps to avoid having the reload the entire device when upgrading software, but can be further improved.
  • Continued upgrades to hardware results in longer shelf life for the chassis, allowing less frequent purchases and upgrades.
  • The lower power consumption helps in reducing costs, improves efficiency
  • Better port density leads to less chassis upgrades, less costly upgrades
  • Smaller footprint allows for more devices in the future within available colo space
This device is part of a new and improved way of thinking by the manufacturer. It keeps the traditional network and hardware designs in mind while looking to the future of networking by improving on how upgrades are done, and port density requirements in the next 2-3 years.
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This device appears to be better suited on the edge of networks and less capable as a core device. It is very suitable to provide high bandwidth connectivity to the customer networks as well as providing adequate bandwidth to the core network.