Cisco ASR in DC
Jyrki Halonen | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 03, 2019

Cisco ASR in DC

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Routers

We use Cisco Routers within our DC as well as between different DCs. They are used as core routers for inside services and WAN routers on our MPLS and towards third-party WAN routers. We have installed those to multiple different production networks and most of the routers are used by multiple customers.
  • Performance, we have had no issues with the performance level
  • Reliability, no major incidents caused by our ASR routers
  • Knowhow of Cisco IOS: easy to manage in a large organization [due to the] good level of IOS knowledge
  • Price level
  • Licensing models
  • They have made it possible to sell our services in a secure, reliable way
Yes, it is really important to know that the compatibility of different Cisco devices is no issue. We use several other Cisco products, like Catalyst and Nexus switches, Cisco ACI, UCS, NSO and so on. We never had an issue between the devices. Also, one really important thing is the know-how of the operating system is a key factor in a big organization like ours.
We are using MACsec security to encrypt all traffic to and from our DC routers. This is really good now when we need to focus on GDPR related topics.
Most of our data centre routers are Cisco routers so I do not have a good comparison to other vendor routers on this topic.
From the performance point of view I have not noticed any issues in our environment for this. From the operation point of view [there] was a learning [curve] to the new IOS when we used Juniper routers, but not really an issue after the first installations.
They are fitting nice in a multi-tenant environment where we need to separate customer loads in a secure way. In our environment, we use Cisco routes in multiple locations for many purposes and have not found a non-suitable use case yet.

In some small installations, we are also using some other routers, like in a lab or test environment.