ASR 9000 is great but wish it had more 100 gig ports
May 06, 2019

ASR 9000 is great but wish it had more 100 gig ports

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)

The ASR 9000 is being used as a 1 gig and 10 gig aggregation. It supports Layer 2 and Layer 3 as well as some complex MPLS applications that we require. It also does a great job with multicast routing.
  • Layer 3 multicast. It handles the additional load of multicast without issues. Other platforms we have used have had over-subscription issues.
  • We've used several MPLS features such as pseudowire using bridge-domains as well as xconnects. Plenty of features to solve any design problem.
  • IOS XR. I just love operating in IOS XR. Solve so many problems that exist in IOS.
  • Not enough 100 gig dense line cards.
  • Positive - It was a great replacement for 7609s.
  • We got more than 5 years out of it before needing more density.
  • Negative - It could not support a lot of 100 gig ports.
  • Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
We have replaced our ASR 9000 with NCS 5500. The ASR 9000 was able to handle the features we needed better than the NCS. We had to move our layer 2 down to Nexus switches.
Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500), Juniper Enterprise Routers, Cisco Nexus
I recommend it for any scenario that you need a lot of Layer 3 protocols. MP-BGP, MPLS. It also handles simple Layer 2 solutions.

I would not recommend it for complex Layer 2 environments.