Works as expected
September 03, 2021

Works as expected

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Cisco Network Convergence System 2000 Series
  • Cisco Network Convergence System 4000 Series

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Optical Networking

[The] Cisco Optical Networking equipment we use are usually related to DWDM. It is used mostly to connect sites when fiber availability is low. It is usually managed by a couple of teams, but it covers many services managed by more than a dozen teams in our organization. It helps us reduce the cost of fiber installs.
  • Convergence of IP and optical networking
  • Port scalability especially using 400G ports
  • Packet optical solution
  • Bugs on software IOS XR
  • Migration from legacy gears
  • Cost of NCS and new gen is too steep compared to competitors
  • Evpn superior convergence
  • End-to-end service orchestration
  • Recent QSFP-DD has helped with line card port density
  • Reduced price/port has helped to increase capacity
  • Cheaper port cost has enhanced more redundancy and lesser downtime
  • Optical Network management has lowered man-power for maintenance

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Cisco Optical Networking solutions typically does well in long-range DWDM installs, and with recent improvements with IP/Optical convergence, it might be a good solution for EVPN leaf-spine architecture. We think it is not appropriate for edge installs which require mux and demux, as it is not very cost-effective.