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Network Convergence System 5500

Harness the Power of Mass-scale Networking

As you migrate more of your services to the cloud, you need software and hardware solutions that are optimized for cloud scale. This means delivering superior operational efficiencies, utilization, and service agility, anywhere and everywhere in the network.

400G-ready to handle bandwidth explosion

The Network Convergence Systems (NCS) 5500 offers investment protection by allowing customers to transition to 400G at their own pace. The two new line cards require the 2nd generation of fabric cards and fans to be 400G ready.

NC55-24D

24 x 400G

NC55-18D12TH-SE

18 x 400G or 30 x 200G/100G with eTCAM

Mixed-mode-capable
with ports in 400G, 200G,
and 100G mode

Break out support
into 4 x 100

A wide range of 400G optical pluggable choices:
QSFP56-DD Copper
5m 30m 60m 100m
QSFP56-DD AOC
QSFP56-DD 2x100G CWDM4
QSFP56-DD 2x100G SR4
QSFP56-DD FR4
5km 30km 60km 100km
QSFP56-DD LR8
A wide range of 100G optical pluggable choices:
QSFP CDWM4
5km 30km 60km 100km
QSFP SM-SR
QSFP LR4
QSFP SR 4
5m 30m 60m 100m

NCS 5500 Series use cases

Grow your core network capacity
Adapt peering locations to fast-changing traffic demands
Upgrade your aggregation network for 5G
Collapse network layers for higher operational efficiency (up to 1.2T IPoDWDM line card)
Handle high-scale core demands (up to 153.6 T per chassis/16-slots)
Get unprecedented power consumption efficiency (0.15-0.25W/Gbps)
High scale and resiliency with a fabric-based architecture
Superior IPv4 and IPv6 routes scale with external TCAM
Automated DDoS mitigation with support of BGP FlowSpec
Fixed-form factor with dense 1/10G, 25G, 40G and 100G interfaces
Class B and Class C timing capabilities for enhanced accuracy for 5G
Network slicing capabilities
Grow your core network capacity
Collapse network layers for higher operational efficiency (up to 1.2T IPoDWDM line card)
Handle high-scale core demands (up to 153.6 T per chassis/16-slots)
Get unprecedented power consumption efficiency (0.15-0.25W/Gbps)
Adapt peering locations to fast-changing traffic demands
High scale and resiliency with a fabric-based architecture
Superior IPv4 and IPv6 routes scale with external TCAM
Automated DDoS mitigation with support of BGP FlowSpec
Upgrade your aggregation network for 5G
Fixed-form factor with dense 1/10G, 25G, 40G and 100G interfaces
Class B and Class C timing capabilities for enhanced accuracy for 5G
Network slicing capabilities
NCS 5501 NCS 5502 NCS 55A1/ NCS-55A2-MOD NCS 5504 NCS 5508 NCS 5516

Available in multiple form factors to address all your needs

Since its introduction in November 2015, the NCS 5500 product line has expanded to offer multiple form factors giving you more consumption flexibility.

Three modular chassis: 4, 8 and 16 slots
Seven fixed chassis: either 1 or 2 RU

A set of line cards supporting up to 36x 100GE ports and port flexibility to support 1GE, 10GE, 40GE and 100GE transceivers, plus support for 10G, 100G, 150G and 200G IPoDWDM ports.

Deployed in many customers' networks

There’s been widespread adoption of NCS 5500 Series across Service Provider, Cloud, Enterprise and Public-Sector market segments.


More than 350 customers have chosen this platform

Shipped over 310,000 ports of 100GE and 12,000+ chassis

“With the Cisco NCS 5500 platform, we are getting the scale and power efficiency we were looking for and are reaping the benefits of a seamless and unified software fabric, powered by Cisco IOS XR to accelerate our time to market and streamline adoption of new services.”

Marco Arioli, Senior Manager of Network Engineering, Fastweb

Leverage Cisco IOS XR innovations

NCS 5500 Series leverages the industry-leading IOS XR operating system, allowing you to:

Automate your network

Wide support of YANG Data Models including OpenConfig models
Open APIs
Integration with Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO)

Simplify your network architecture

Segment Routing MPLS and IPv6
Ethernet VPN (EVPN)

Bring your own innovation

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