Just an honest review of Cisco Routers
June 14, 2019

Just an honest review of Cisco Routers

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Routers

Cisco Routers are typically used as our edge devices between network segments. The routers typically perform basic routing with some traffic filtering ACLs. My knowledge of the entire organization is limited, however, I know I have seen Cisco Routers deployed all across the world in my organization's networks. The business problem addressed by Cisco Routers is simply high throughput, low latency, and reliability.
  • High Throughput
  • Low Latency
  • High availability
  • Simplify licensing
  • Reduce power consumption
  • Continue increasing security
  • To me, Cisco Routers simply do their job and make sure my packets get from one location to the other.
The biggest factor in the decision to purchase Cisco Routers was the uniformity of operating systems and how easy it was to deploy. Cisco, having a market-leading share of networking devices, means that the technical workforce also tends to be trained on Cisco products. This makes it easier to find engineers qualified to deploy these technologies. Cisco is also getting a lot better at making all of their products have a similar look and feel.
Our organization has not fully utilized all of the threat protection features from Cisco Routers. To date, most of the features used include basic ACLs and maybe some zone-based firewalls. We look to improve this by implementing security group tags which will better utilize some of the security features in Cisco Routers we already own.
The Cisco Routers we use have provided continuous access to applications and data. We experience very little downtime due to hardware failures. Most downtime that is related to a router ends up being a self-inflicted misconfiguration or a protocol related problem.
Juniper and Cisco Routers tend to offer very similar feature sets. The biggest reason for selecting Cisco is that the workforce is more trained on Cisco devices and therefore more comfortable deploying them.
Cisco Routers are excellent for the enterprise and ISP realm. The area where Cisco Routers are not a good fit is for small businesses or home offices. Due to the cost of even some of the smallest Cisco Routers, it is prohibitive to put these in smaller deployments. Cisco makes smaller routers, however, the problem is then that the maintenance costs for the device (in order to receive updates quickly) exceeds the initial purchase price.