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Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms

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What is Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms?

Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms are singular devices providing enterprise, public sector, and service providers high-performance routing, security and network services. Catalyst offer ultra-fast encryption performance, greater tunneling capabilities, along with the latest in firmware defenses and public key infrastructure (PKI) management for secure connectivity to…

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10 out of 10
June 08, 2023
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Good for network. Stable and reliable with good support. Cisco have put in effort to provide support and fast turnaround time.
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What is Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms?

Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms are singular devices providing enterprise, public sector, and service providers high-performance routing, security and network services. Catalyst offer ultra-fast encryption performance, greater tunneling capabilities, along with the latest in firmware defenses and public key infrastructure (PKI) management for secure connectivity to the cloud. Catalyst 8000 offer these capabilities in a modest form factor, able to be connected for secure direct internet access (DIA) at the branch or rack-and-stacked for immense aggregation connectivity at core locations and colocations. Catalyst 8000 offer a variety of ports including such multigigabit options as 10G, 40G and 100G, as well as Power over Ethernet (PoE) for the latest in wireless integration including 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms is used mainly as a branch to aggregator router interconnecting several remote sites to the core. The only restriction I faced up to now is the limited number of NIM slots. I would prefer at least one NIM more.
  • Connect as ‘Black Router” with the transmission lines
  • Connecting to the Black act as Cloud providing different networks
  • Extension of our static infrastructure
  • More NIM slots
  • Extra RP
It is a very good brunch router.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Used as a PE router on the edge and facilitated the deployment of our telemetry service across 100 sites.
  • Easy to deploy
  • Flexible on modulars
  • Looks good (being a white chassis)
  • Lack of POE module support
  • Provide a USB-c console port
  • More SFP ports
The Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms perform well in an airconed room where the temperature is well controlled, but in an industrial environment where the temperature can shoot up to 50 degrees, it would not withstand the harsh conditions. It does not support PoE switch module, where a PoE VoIP phone is required.
December 07, 2023

8000 series in education

peter mckenzie | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have currently done major upgrade from 4000 series to 8000. Reason to follow our Cisco curriculum which also uses dnac
  • In our situation provides students with up-to-date "real life" experiences
  • Gets students used to having a main control interface
  • I'm just getting used to the 8000 series as we have only had it for a term.
Simulating setting up a real life network with switches and WAN links with data centre
Daniel Falls | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use this for multiple purposes in different areas including SDWAN, very useful and powerful product. This has made transition to the newer protocols much easier and the level of assistance provided from cisco has been great. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to upgrade to the newer more powerful version of routers.
  • More resources for tunneling
  • Ability to use sdwan softwre
  • More memory for tcam tables
  • Ability to utilize T1 lines for PRI
  • Ability to act as a SBC for VoIP communication
  • Rfid usage
  • I think that a better explanation of the capabilities would be better for beginners
This is suited for most setups, I believe you can even use this in the collaboration environment. It also has DC power supplies if needed.

Also able to be used to terminate ipsec tunnels.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
We use it as a WAN router. It acts as an Internet terminating device for us which you can say as a CE router
  • Routing
  • MPLS TE
  • Route optimization
  • Number of Copper ports
  • Scalability
It works well on CE and PE sides
February 27, 2023

Good but expensive

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
The typical use of this devices is as edge router for enterprise which are autonoumous system (AS). Typically they are used to implement BGP protol and sometimes store the FIRT
  • Memory capabilities to ensure scalability in BGP FIRT scenario
  • 5G support
  • Application visibility
  • The price is really higher than other vendors' devices
  • The number of interfaces is not as higher as other vendors' devices
  • The subscription model for routing capabilities forces to a continuous expense
Well suited as edge router for BGP or SD-WAN for Autonomous systems or big enterprises with high performance requirements, not good as router for small and medium companies
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
As part of the migration from ISRk and small, fixed ASR!K platforms we are evaluating respective successors from the 8K family.
  • QFP 3.0 is expected to be the enhanced version of ASR 1K
  • Since it's SD-WAN ready it would be handy in hybrid environments where there are legacy MPLS and SDWAN based solutions delivering ti business
  • Cloud ready
  • Simultaneous operation of Autonomous & Controller modes (not as separate modes)
  • Improved capacity (and port density) to match ASR 1K-HX platforms
Low capacity MPLS needs (e.g. Enterprise class Provider Edge)
DMVPN
SD-WAN
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platform is used as a replacement product in VoIP network, as voice gateway.
The equipment is a good replacement for the old voiceGW - Cisco ISR4000 product.
The new product is used for interconnection with the ISP using E1 links.
Also can be used as border router for the Internet Link.
  • SDWAN
  • VoiceGW
  • VPN IPSEC
  • LAN Connectivity
  • Adding more NIM slots on motherboard
  • Adding PVDM slot for use cases where the router is used only for trans coding
  • Adding more granular tiers for DNA licensing. For example it is a big gap between 2000Mbps (400 Mbps agg) and 1Gbps (2 Gbps Agg)
SD-WAN
DMVPN
Routing
VoiceGW
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
To enable DMVPN communication to branch places between our internal network and tactical locations. The use is spread on multipla georraphical locations throughout the country.
  • Not powerhungry
  • Relatively cheap
  • Powerful
  • Bugs
Used only as a "hub" for connections to branch officer. Works wellpapp for that.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is very much an SDWAN platform to our global offices. The high end models of 8500 are of an addition for our higher throughput sites. It does what is expected. We haven't seen any real problems on the platform point of view.
  • sdwan
  • performance with reduced footprint
  • 8500 platform supporting 40/100 Gig on WAN
  • could have had better drom
  • software for sdwan is with issues, otherwise as a platform it does what it is suppose to.
SDWAN - is what we use for. However it can be used for non-sdwan services as well . Like internet edge.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Achieved higher throughput and bandwidth. And relief from network link choke and higher CPU utilization. All of the features, such as the ability to use voice and security routers in Network Advantage software, are derived from a simple software and licensing architecture.
  • We can use it as a voice and security router on the same hardware in a simple licensing architecture.
  • 2 modes (Auto mode and CTRL mode) are the best option for customers.
  • Multiple features provided and hardware improved.
  • In 8200 routers, a minimum of two NIM modules are required.
I have multiple wan links with different bandwidth, and we have run the BGP protocol on 8200 routers where we didn't require extra license for bandwidth & feature like we require in ISR4K.
June 14, 2022

Lackluster 8200

Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Act as voice gateways supporting third party integrations for pstn or over heard paging systems. Our customers typically need also these voice gateways to provide SRST services for remote sites with sizes from 10 end user endpoints to bigger sites with 75 endpoints and more complex call flows and hint groups
  • Small footprint
  • Software capabilities
  • Motherboard socket for PVDM modules
They are well suited for customers and scenarios where they need voice services on-site unless they need analog integration (using FXS or FXO ports). On those scenarios, in my experience the 8200 is lacking the slots to support the analog integrations, and at the same time, DSP shared resources using a PVDM module. The removal of three motherboard sockets for PVDM had caused issues for some customers where a 8300 was too overpriced for just being able to provide those DSP resources and have a simple analog integration.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
I have to design with routers, and the customer always says that the Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms is the best option if you want to use SDWAN. For this reason, I always have to design with SDWAN I choose 8000. In addition that if I compare it to ISR4000 we have much more performance with SASE, data, collaboration, etc.
  • C8200-1N-4T SD-WAN IPsec throughput
  • Number of firewall sessions 512,000
  • Interface flexibility Layer 2 (Switched) and Layer 3 (Routed) ports
  • Licensing because if you dont have license, yo cant use it
  • Cost because ISR4000 is cheaper than 8000
  • Better experience with Cisco ThousandEyes and catalyst 8000
Most appropriate. Cloud, SDWAN, services provider, and the new technology of SASE. Not appropriate. Small business, because Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms is a robust solution if you need to use a router, could be you can use ISR1100 yo also have SDWAN but in this case, the architecture is low and poor compared to catalyst 8000.
May 11, 2022

Exploring 8000

Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Currently exploring its features in my lab environment, so far Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms appears to be the same as another platform, not entirely sure if it stands out for a particular feature. SDWAN and intent-based networking are its most selling points, I would have to work on it more before I give my final verdict.
  • Better performance
  • Routing capability
  • I have used ISR before, so this seems to have many more advanced features
  • Missing configuration control using rollbacks
  • I have used XR platform more and that seems to give more control.
  • config changes cannot be staged in different space prior to commit
From a quick outlook, Cisco Catalyst 800 Edge Platforms seem to be a device packed with multipurpose functionalities which are well suited for WAN edge platforms, on the side It boasts code stability SDWAN features that can help future cloud migrations easier. moreover, it comes with high port density which can also diversify edge deployments.
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