NCS5500, great price, tons of bandwidth, all the latest OS features
June 21, 2019

NCS5500, great price, tons of bandwidth, all the latest OS features

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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

We use the NCS5508 series as our data center interconnect to aggregate multiple cages with a data center together, as well as to converge multiple physical sites together. The NCS5508 connect to other 5508's over our NCS2000/1000 DWDM infrastructure over a large metro region. They are a good price and solved our problem appropriately. They also have a huge amount of bandwidth (36x100Gb blades) and are running XR, which is great for automation.
  • 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.
  • It saved us a good amount of money because the pricing model was good.
  • We also saved man hours maintaining the devices by utilizing XRs automation features for configuration management.
We considered using a Juniper comparable model, but the pricing with Cisco was better, which is very important when you're building a cloud that spans the entire globe.
It is a full-featured XR box with a ton of bandwidth at a great price. It could be used in a spine/leaf design, it could be used in a traditional core/dist/acc design, or as a data center interconnect. The box really is versatile if you have a use case for 100Gb ports, which we did, and I think this is where the industry is going.