High performance, high reliability (but high cost too!)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 13, 2018

High performance, high reliability (but high cost too!)

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Routers

Our organization uses both ISR models and ASR 9000 series models of Cisco routers to manage traffic across endpoints. These allow our network to be configured with an active-passive failsafe (primary/secondary) to support our high performance and high availability needs across various components of our business-critical infrastructure. The ASR series routers are also used in our global data centers.
  • ASR 9000 series models of Cisco Routers are exceptionally reliable when compared to other market options.
  • One strength of Cisco routers, in general, is their compatibility with any standard market tools from other vendors.
  • Unmatched in terms of sheer performance.
  • Comfortably supports very strong throughput requirements.
  • Cost - If you want the best, you gotta pay the best. The ASR models may not be the best option when taking budget into account.
  • Working with the command line interface can be a challenge - not everybody can use it.
  • Sometimes, escalation of support issues tends to be a tedious and slow process. One would expect better support service for the high licensing cost they charge.
  • Higher reliability has significantly reduced the need for manual intervention
  • Lower downtime ensures better top-line figures
  • Although it may be difficult to quantify, I am certain that the higher performance does have an impact (maybe indirectly) on other business functions. High-performance routers are like the oil that keeps an engine running smoothly.
Compatibility is definitely one of the strengths of any Cisco router (not just the ASR 9000 series models). While making the decision to switch to the ASR models from our previous vendor, compatibility was one of the higher priority factors on our checklist. Compatibility should be a "must-have" requirement for any router setup process. It may mean spending a little extra now, but you will definitely be saving more in the long run.
Security is another hidden "must-have" that any network infrastructure needs to possess. While the Cisco ASR 9000 series routers did not significantly change or improve the security aspect of our network setup, it did meet all our security guidelines. Most Cisco routers meet these strict security guidelines, and I would not say that the ASR 9000 series models greatly improved our network security.
High performance and high reliability were two significant differences we hoped to achieve when switching to the Cisco ASR 9000 series model routers - and we were not disappointed. Our network availability metrics experienced improvements upwards of 9%, which for any large enterprise is a significant number. Extremely satisfied with the ASR 9000 series model in terms of reliability.
Any large enterprise with large throughput requirements for their business-critical infrastructure should use the ASR series routers without exception. The licensing cost might hit your pocket hard, but with the exceptional performance and reliability that the ASR series offers, it is easily the best option available in the market. It is the "tried and tested" router. Don't think twice, just go for it!