Cisco ASR 1000 router: a great choice for the enterprise
March 28, 2019

Cisco ASR 1000 router: a great choice for the enterprise

Rohit Narang | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Routers

We use ASR1000 series in our testing department for setting up new visualization tools and streaming servers. It also supports the redundant Internet links developed for UAT and SIT for critical configuration testings. The availability of high speed Internet is a critical requirement here as we have many clients who use cloud-based big data clusters and Qliksense for checking live data. The wholesale banking products as well the real-time macro-economic data is fed from Oxford economics to run various Monte Carlo simulations, so availability of high speed and minimal downtime is vital.
  • We use the firewall services which come inbuilt and are vital for a secured network.
  • It's a good spend of money due to the services offered with the dual configuration.
  • Performance and integration within Cisco products are up to par compared to market competitors.
  • The command line interface could be made better with adding more Unix shell features.
  • Cost could be a major concern if the desired throughput is not achieved.
  • For video streaming, the mid-sized packed based data could spike the latency, so an appropriate plan needs to be deployed for packet size.
  • It is a healthy return on investment with planned packed size data. Average unicast latency is low and consistent with small and large packets (barring mid-sized).
  • Cisco devices last longer and also have a decent trade-in policy to recover some value when equipment is replaced.
  • Higher concurrent IPSec tunnels are offered, we tested for 1500+, fielding both encrypted and a mix of encrypted and cleartext traffic.
Yes, it is important, however, being a major Cisco products user, our organization did not feel many challenges. We only needed OSPF and BGP implementations.
We have used the firewall service extensively given the privacy concerns for the Financial Institutions. So in a way, routers are the first line of defense and are crucial for removing junk & malign data. Furthermore, these actions provide aid by servicing the denial queue by keeping it short.
We have hardly faced routers with notable performance troubles even when the marked capacity has been utilized till the maximum. Though compared to the predecessor Cisco 7200 series, it has sharply improved but more enhancements can be done as well.
With the available handy skills and affirmative experience with Cisco, it was picked though some features for the aforesaid products were equally good and worthwhile.
We picked Cisco due to already available in-house knowledge and a fair amount of experience. It is also suited for any business environment. It scales to accommodate large business needs and offers an agile environment with real-time lossless data ask with a multitude of complexity. Though cost needs to be kept in mind at first, given the longevity of Cisco, it's not alarming.