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Cisco Cloud Services Router is #6 ranked solution in top Routers. IT Central Station users give Cisco Cloud Services Router an average rating of 8 out of 10. Cisco Cloud Services Router is most commonly compared to MikroTik Routers and Switches:Cisco Cloud Services Router vs MikroTik Routers and Switches. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 33% of all views.
What is Cisco Cloud Services Router?

The Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000v (CSR 1000v) is a virtual-form-factor router that delivers comprehensive WAN gateway and network services functions into virtual and cloud environments. Using familiar, industry-leading Cisco IOS XE Software networking capabilities, the CSR 1000v enables enterprises to transparently extend their WANs into provider-hosted clouds. Similarly, cloud providers themselves can use it to offer enterprise-class networking services to their tenants or customers.

Cisco Cloud Services Router is also known as Cisco CSR, Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000v, Cisco CSR 1000v.

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Under Armour, HealthSparq, Adobe

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What users are saying about Cisco Cloud Services Router pricing:
  • "You do need to pay a licensing fee to use the solution. You can do a yearly or three-year subscription. The product itself is quite expensive. It would be ideal if they offered the product at a cheaper price."

Cisco Cloud Services Router Reviews

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Teclus Dsouza
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Effectively interfaces our public and private networks, but our version does not support the LISP protocol

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the SNMP traps that I use to monitor the router and the availability of the network."
  • "You can use this router in a scalable solution but it has its limitations."

What is our primary use case?

We have a public and a private network, and we use the Cisco CSR to route traffic between them. In our private network, we have a Cisco Nexus 1000V virtualization switch that works with VMware. Our goal was to have our two LANs work together as a layer two network, and this solution forms the gateway between them.

Our CSR is set up such that one end is connected to the internet, whereas the other end connects to our public network. We have a route between the CSR and our Nexus 1000V, which is directly connected to the other switch that is included with VMware.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the SNMP traps that I use to monitor the router and the availability of the network.

What needs improvement?

The version of this solution that we are using does not support the LISP protocol. The new versions support LISP, which helps with the aggregation of routing across the landings.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for almost four years and I have about fifteen years of experience in total with Cisco products.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Bugs are common in this solution and we run into various routing issues when it comes to learning routes or using the static cloud. However, most of these issues are easily solvable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is more on the virtual side and you can handle a lot of virtual networks. At the same time, it does have some limitations on how much you can scale.

We have approximately 200 people who use this solution in our company.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in contact with technical support on many occasions and they are always good. The response time depends on how the issue is rated in terms of priority, and how critical your network is.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have not used a similar solution from another vendor.

Most of our data centers use Cisco solutions, although some of the partner sites use other products.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was more straightforward than complex.

It took about a day to deploy. After bringing up the topology, we had to coordinate with the other teams in terms of bringing up the LAN link. We had to bring everything up to date.

What about the implementation team?

I did most of the CSR deployment by myself, although when it comes to the LAN-related work, I had assistance from the LAN team.

One to two people are suitable for handling the maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I surely recommend.

My advice to anybody who is researching this solution is to consider scale. You can use this router in a scalable solution but it has its limitations. Overall, it works really well and does not have any large bugs or issues with it.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
RitamMukherjee
Chief Technology Officer at Sharva Group
Real User
Top 5
A stable product that offers enhanced security via machine learning assessment tools

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the artificial intelligence assessment models."
  • "There should be a system in place to help existing users make an easier transition to the newer interfaces."

What is our primary use case?

My team is in charge of auditing the security infrastructure of these routers. I perform penetration testing and blue teaming in pursuit of this effort.

Our customers for this product are typically government departments.

In the current project, we are designing smart cities, in which these routers are part of the infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the artificial intelligence assessment models. This is something that this product has over MikroTik.

What needs improvement?

Over the past couple of years, I've noticed that the Cisco CLIs and web-based interfaces have changed. As such, there is a bit of a learning curve for people. It is understandable that newer technology is different, but it would be helpful if the interface had more in common with the older, legacy systems. There should be a system in place to help existing users make an easier transition to the newer interfaces.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco routers for at least four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco is a market leader in its field and this is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There is no doubt that this Cisco solution is scalable. I do expect to scale more in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

I do not set up or administer the networks, so I do not need to speak with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In addition to Cisco, I have experience with routers from MikroTik and Juniper. These are all very good routers, switches, and infrastructure in general.

I prefer Cisco because I have more people in my team who are Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNAs), Cisco Certified Security Professions(CCSPs), and Cisco Security Officers (CSOs). 

How was the initial setup?

We work with large distributed systems and the routing systems are quite complicated. We also have multiple vendors that make up our infrastructure, so the setup for us is complex because of our architecture.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Owner at it logic
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A solid product with good technical support and the capability to scale

Pros and Cons

  • "Overall, it is a solid product and a good router."
  • "The configuration is difficult."

What is most valuable?

Overall, it is a solid product and a good router.

The stability has been very good over the years.

The product does scale quite well. There's no question about that.

Technical support is helpful.

What needs improvement?

We need to use older versions as the newest options are very costly.

The configuration is difficult.

We find the installation process to be hard.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the solution for at least 20 years. It's been two decades at this point. We've used the solution for quite a while now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is there. If a company needs to scale this solution, it can do so.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support from Cisco is quite good in India. They are helpful and responsive. We are satisfied with the level of service we receive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not easy. It's a difficult process.

The deployment itself took about four to five hours or so.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You do need to pay a licensing fee to use the solution. You can do a yearly or three-year subscription. The product itself is quite expensive. It would be ideal if they offered the product at a cheaper price.

What other advice do I have?

We are resellers.

We are not using the latest version right now due to the fact that it is quite expensive. We are using versions that are two to three years old.

We have been very happy with its capabilities over the many years we have used the product.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations and companies.

I rate Cisco Cloud Services Router a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
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