If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco Cloud Services Router, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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.
It integrates with multiple solutions but I have only tried it with AWS solutions. I would rate it at eight out of ten. It is a good solution but they have to improve on the security.
The product has value. I recommend having a partner who has integrated it before and can bring that expertise to the table. Just because your good with the physical appliances doesn't mean you will be able to exactly translate that into the Amazon networking world. We have a couple hundred other Cisco routers, but this is the only virtual one that we have tried. The AWS version seems to be a lot less reliable, and we had a lot of issues with the initial configuration. Due to the nature of running workloads in the cloud and needing networking in the cloud, there is no choice but to use cloud routers. Our on-premise routers are integrated with this product. This is where we had some reliability issues in getting connections to stay on.
It offers exactly we need. It was easy to get up and running. The support was available when we needed it. Ultimately, it is just a very expensive product. Make sure you scale at the right level that you are at for the products that you need, including this one. We use the AWS and on-premise versions of the product. They compare very well. The AWS version offers quite a bit of functionality. Luckily, we have had team members who are familiar with the CSR on-premise version and are able to use that on the AWS version. It has worked out very well for us. The integrations are abstract, so we haven't had any issues with integrating it directly. It is a router.
The product is fantastic. It just costs to keep it running. If you have the revenue for it, it is a good product. My current business is small, so we can't use it, as it's too expensive. Though, it would be a good product for a mid-to-large size business, We use both the AWS and on-premise versions, but I don't have experience with the on-premise version.
We use only the cloud version of the product.
I would rate this solution an eight and not a ten: first, because we don't have automation available in-house and they give us the ability to deploy it on the cloud. Second, because of the license issue that we had with it. Other than that, everything is perfect. I would tell someone looking into this or a similar solution that this is definitely one of the best products to use and if you deploy everything gateway from Amazon, they use Cisco CSR in the background.
Keep a long-term goal in mind. Where do you want to get to: * If it's a small environment, I would not pay for a CSR. It's too expensive. Go for something cheaper. * If it's a bigger environment and you will eventually scale out, then definitely go with a CSR. It will be sustainable, scalable, and definitely stable. The product serves me purpose. It connects all my environments together in a smart, efficient way. The integration with other product has been pretty seamless. It has been at the working level, so the services don't care. It's the networking part of it. When a request goes to your central router, CSR take care of it, knowing where it's supposed to go to, and it just transfers the data there.
Cisco has been around for years. It is solid and has one of the most recognized brand names in the world. It does integrate with another product that we run for our firewalls.
I would recommend Cisco. It's a very powerful router and a very important player in the routers of the world. It can provide many solutions that the customer needs. When AWS when offers Transit VPC, they always recommend Cisco. We are using it on AWS and Azure.