[Cisco] 900 Series [Integrated Services Routers] (ISR) - Cost Effective 10G
December 14, 2020

[Cisco] 900 Series [Integrated Services Routers] (ISR) - Cost Effective 10G

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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

We primarily use Cisco [900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)] as [a] complex demarcation points of networks. These devices also act as a cost-effective solution for providing 10Gbps ports at an access layer operating on the customers' premises. The Cisco [900 Series Integrated Services] Routers provide this with an array of features that can facilitate both basic and more complex deployments.
  • Routing
  • Switching
  • 10Gbps access
  • [It has a] pay as you grow model of licensing, but, [in my opinion, is] a pain to implement.
  • [The] service impacting license application [could be improved].
  • Configuration complexity [could be improved].
  • Excellent option for 10Gbps ports at the access layer
  • Option of either SFP/copper ports at purchase
  • Scalable cost based on number of ports required
Cisco Catalyst Switches are technically faster and easier to deploy but don't provide the same flexibility when it comes to 10Gbps services or advanced routing. There are corner cases where having IOS-XE on the 900 series ISRs provides the functionality required for complex applications whereas the Catalyst cannot. Having the option to scale the number of active ports on the 900 series ISR helps in keeping costs at an appropriate level.

Do you think Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)'s feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) again?

Yes

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No problems with any of the Cisco 900 Series [Integrated Services Routers] (ISR) platform features within the enterprise environment. Because these devices are running a version of IOS-XE as opposed to traditional IOS, some of the more 'basic' configurations can become more complex. In the end, the 900 Series is still able to provide the required functionality, but there is a learning curve.