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Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V - AX Pkg. Max Performance

Cisco Systems, Inc. | 17.3.1a

Linux/Unix, Other Cisco IOS XE - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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    Jimmy D.

It connects all my environments together in a smart, efficient way. However, they could make the pricing cheaper.

  • January 15, 2019
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

It's in our transit VPC and transit router. We use it as a way to connect multiple environments together and also our third-party vendors together. So, it is a VPN.
How has it helped my organization?
I now have ease of flexibility, ease of use, and most importantly, convenience.
Before, creating a new account (a new VPC) in AWS, we would have to establish VPN tunnels with on-premise, which was a huge process. It would take a least a month or so to finish everything. You have to work with a different team to do on-premise connections, since I am not responsible for on-premise. With Cisco CSR, all I have to do is have one transit VPC, one VPN, then everything else goes to that transit VPC. So I never have to worry about getting in touch with security again. I can have as many accounts as I want, which now take about a day to set up.
You don't have to do anything now. A new account comes up, link in the action, download it to the account, and you are set.
What is most valuable?
Feature-wise, Cisco is easy to configure. I know the command line. Therefore, it's easy for me to program it the way I want, and it's just a convenient tool. It's robust, and it works.
The bandwidth and throughput are pretty good.
My oldest firewall is about 12 years old, and it still works. So, that's why I trust Cisco.
What needs improvement?
Cost is a big factor. We would like to see the price reduced.
For how long have I used the solution?
One to three years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
My last Cisco router was 12 years old. So, it is stable.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It is definitely scalable. It can handle a lot more traffic and group work compared to any other products that I've evaluated. It could easily scale a lot more than what I'm doing right now. I have about 12 environments going through the CSR and about 4 vendors. I could easily double that.
We are a huge consumer of Cisco products. We have about ten routers and firewalls with more than 30 odd switches. So, it's a huge infrastructure.
What about the implementation team?
The implementation and configuration with AWS was straightforward and simple.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
They could make it a little cheaper. It is a lot of money. It's almost $25,000 USD a year if I buy directly from AWS Marketplace, and we need at least two of them.
We would prefer to go through the vendor instead of AWS, as we have a relationship with the vendor and can get discounts directly from them. Going through the vendor, it is much cheaper for us. Though, we would still keep it hosted on AWS.
The purchasing process through the AWS Marketplace is simple and easy. All I had to do was click a button, and it got the evaluation started. Then, when the evaluation was about to end, I received emails. It was directly billed to my router account. I didn't actually do anything at that point.
We went through the AWS Marketplace because when this whole project started I was searching for options. I had used Cisco CSR in the past, but I was still searching for something cheaper. With the AWS marketplace, I just searched for VPN solutions and IPsec, and Cisco CSR received a couple of the top hits. So, it was just click a button and easy to deploy from the AWS Marketplace.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We evaluated Fortinet, SRX, and Palo Alto. We also looked at Openswan, which is an open source.
I chose Cisco because I am more familiar with it. I have a lot of certificates in Cisco, so I'm more comfortable with Cisco. I was the one implementing it, so we went with Cisco.
We used the other Cisco product, Cisco ASA. It's almost the same thing. It's an on-premise firewall versus a cloud firewall.
What other advice do I have?
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.


    ProjectM702c

The product scales and handles stress very well, but the price is a bit high

  • December 17, 2018
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

The primary use case is routing ingress traffic to various VPCs.
What is most valuable?
The stability and history that it has working successfully on AWS. Also, AWS highly recommends this product.
What needs improvement?
The ease of use within the AWS environment needs to improve. Sometimes, it is very esoteric in how you use it. Therefore, you have to learn to use it, then you are able to.
For how long have I used the solution?
Less than one year.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It handles stress very well. We have not reached a point of needing to worry about its capabilities.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The product scales very well. The size of our environment is three VPCs and about 30 EC2 instances.
How is customer service and technical support?
Our contacts within Cisco were available for us for technical support, so that has work out fine.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Purchasing it through the AWS Marketplace was very simple. We went through the AWS Marketplace because it was the easiest way to get the product up and running very quickly.
The price is a little high, more than what we wanted to pay. This is one area where we would like to understanding how the price could be brought down a bit more.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
This product is highly recommended by AWS, so we did not consider other products.
What other advice do I have?
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.


    CloudEng5789

It does what it is supposed to do, but it missing that single pane of glass view to see all the connections

  • December 11, 2018
  • Review verified by AWS Marketplace

We use it to connect different accounts with different weaknesses and also with the on-premise data center.
How has it helped my organization?
It connects all the accounts with the weaknesses, and this is what we were looking for. Also, it connects with the on-premise side.
What is most valuable?
It does what it is supposed to do.
What needs improvement?
It does the job, but it's not cloud native. It could be even better, like having a single pane of glass and being less expensive. However, the product works.
For how long have I used the solution?
One to three years.
How is customer service and technical support?
We work with the Amazon team for support, not Cisco. We are neither happy nor unhappy with the support. It could be better. I am missing a single pane of glass, where I can see all the connections, etc.
What about the implementation team?
The Amazon team helped us implement the product. It was a good experience. It work now.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was almost a one-click process to purchase CSR.
The product is too expensive on the AWS Marketplace.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We looked at Aviatrix, but then decided to use Cisco CSR.
We decided to go with Cisco because it was more known in the network sector than Aviatrix. Also, we have a long time relationship with Cisco.
If I could decide now, I think I would go with Aviatrix because it's more cloud native than Cisco CSR. CSR works and does the job, but more in the old way. The connection with everything, it works. However, Aviatrix is more cloud native, so I would get the nice single pane of glass computer. Even the connections, it would be more intricate and easier to use.
What other advice do I have?


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