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Cisco® Mobility Services provide a wide variety of location-based services. To deploy these services,
you require the

Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE) appliance (physical or virtual appliance)

Services licenses per access point (Base Location, CMX, and/or wIPS)

Support (optional)

Ordering the Cisco MSE Physical or Virtual Appliance

The Cisco MSE is available in two versions: the Cisco 3355 MSE hardware appliance and the Cisco MSE Virtual Appliance (vMSE). Table 1 provides an overview of the MSE hardware and virtual appliance SKUs.

Every instance of the virtual MSE requires an Activation license. Activation licenses are not required for physical MSE appliances.

Table 1. Cisco MSE Hardware and Software SKUs and Scale

Cisco MSE Model

SKU

Base Location*\CMX Scale

Presence Scale**

CMX Connect Scale

wIPS scale

MSE 3355
hardware (physical) appliance

AIR-MSE-3355-K9

Supports up to 2500 access points for Base Location and CMX

Supports up to 25,000 tracked devices

Supports up to 2500 access points

Supports up to 125,000 tracked devices using presence

Supports up to 12,500 active guests with 45 logins per second

Supports up to 6000 access points for wIPS

MSE virtual appliance

L-MSE-7.0-K9

High-End vMSE

Supports up to 5000 access points for Base Location and CMX

Supports up to 50,000 tracked devices

High-End vMSE

Supports up to 5000 access points

Supports up to 250,000 tracked devices using presence

High-End vMSE

Supports up to 25,000 active guests with 45 logins per second

High-End vMSE

Supports up to 10,000 access points for wIPS

Standard vMSE

Supports up to 2500 access points for Base Location and CMX

Supports up to 25,000 tracked devices

Standard vMSE

Supports up to 2500 access points

Supports up to 125,000 tracked devices using presence

Standard vMSE

Supports up to 12,500 active guests with 45 logins per second

Standard vMSE

Supports up to 6000 access points for wIPS

Low-End vMSE

Supports up to 200 access points for Base

Supports up to 2000 tracked devices

Base Location functionality only - CMX license not supported in the low-end vMSE.

Low-End vMSE

CMX license not supported in the low-end vMSE

Low-End vMSE

CMX license not supported in the low-end vMSE

Low-End vMSE

Supports up to ,000 access points for wIPS

Note: The limits may differ when using earlier software versions.

*Note: Enabling FastLocate technology increases location update rates by processing data packets for devices that are connected to the network. Enabling FastLocate affects the MSE scale guidelines because data packets are more frequent than probe packets and therefore use more MSE compute resources. Every connected device takes up five times as many resources as a probing device. The supported number of end devices when using FastLocate is as follows:

Number of probing devices + (5 x number of connected devices) <= tracked devices platform scale

For example, if using the MSE 3355 and planning on having 2000 devices connected to the network (and thereby using FastLocate), the platform scale would be:

Number of probing devices + 10,000 (5 x 2000 - number of connected devices) <= 25,000 (tracked devices platform scale).

Therefore, the MSE would support only 15,000 probing devices in addition to the 2000 connected devices.

For more details on FastLocate, please see the MSE data sheet.

**Note: Presence is a method of assessing the location of a device by determining the nearest access point to that device. It is not as accurate as the standard method of triangulating the device location; however, it can be used in venues that don’t have enough access points to enable device triangulation. Presence is available only in the 8.0 software release. The scaling guidelines provided are for deployments that use only presence. Deployments that use both presence and location triangulation will scale according to the Base Location guidelines.

Ordering the Cisco MSE Services Licenses

The Cisco MSE requires licenses to enable functionality. Base Location and Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) licenses are purchased on a per access-point basis and are additive.

There are three types of MSE licenses:

Base Location license: Provides the ability to detect, track, and trace Wi-Fi clients, rogue devices, Cisco CleanAir® interferers, and RFID tags as well as advanced spectrum capability. The Base Location license also enables customers and partners to use standard MSE APIs (REST or SOAP). For a list of partners, please see the Cisco Developer Network Mobility Services API page.

CMX license: The CMX license provides Base Location license capabilities with CMX capabilities, including:

- CMX Analytics, a user-friendly location analytics platform to view and analyze how, where, and when visitors move through a venue.

- CMX Connect, a customizable and location-aware captive portal to on-board guest users to Wi-Fi.

- CMX for Facebook Wi-Fi, helping guests connect to Wi-Fi and use the Internet. Enterprises or merchants gain social demographic data via Facebook Insights.

- CMX SDK, enabling organizations to integrate Wi-Fi-based indoor navigation with push notification and auto-launch capabilities into mobile apps.

Please note that you do not need separate, per-access-point licenses for every instance of MSE. If two MSEs are running different CMX services (for example, one MSE with CMX Analytics and another MSE with CMX Connect), only one of the MSEs needs to have CMX licenses hosted on it. The MSE that is actively calculating the location must have per-access-point licenses. For license scaling guidelines, refer to Table 1, which outlines the number of access points supported for each service and platform.

Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (wIPS) license: Requires a separate MSE running the wIPS service. There are three deployment options:

- Monitor mode: The number of wIPS licenses required equals the number of access points configured in the full-time monitor mode.

- Enhanced Local mode: The number of wIPS licenses required equals the number of access points in local mode (data serving) deployed in the network.

- Monitor module: The number of wIPS licenses required equals the number of Wireless Security Modules (WSMs) deployed in the network.

MSE licenses are available as options under L-MSE-PAK in the Order Tool. Table 2 provides an overview of the MSE license SKUs.

Table 2. Cisco MSE License SKUs

Base Location License SKU

CMX License SKU

wIPS Monitor Mode/
Monitor ModuleSKUs

wIPS Enhanced Local Mode SKUs

Description

L-LS-1AP

L-AD-LS-1AP

L-WIPS-MM-1AP

L-WIPS-ELM-1AP

Supports 1 access point

L-LS-100AP

L-AD-LS-100AP

L-WIPS-MM-100AP

L-WIPS-ELM-100AP

Supports 100 access points

L-LS-1000AP

L-AD-LS-1000AP

L-WIPS-MM-1000AP

L-WIPS-ELM-1000AP

Supports 1000 access points

Cisco Mobility Services Licenses for High Availability

For high-availability deployments, you need to purchase only two physical or virtual appliances and one set of licenses installed on the primary appliance. Note that both virtual appliances require an Activation license (L-MSE-7.0-K9). For detailed design and scaling information, please see the CMX Configuration Guide at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9742/products_installation_and_configuration_guides_list.html.

Ordering Support for Physical and Virtual Appliances

Select the appropriate level of support. Table 3 lists the Cisco MSE support SKUs.

Table 3. Cisco MSE Support SKUs

MSE Model

SKU

Service SKU

Description

MSE 3355 hardware (physical) appliance

AIR-MSE-3355-K9

CON-SNT-MSE3355

Hardware and licenses support

MSE virtual appliance

L-MSE-7.0-K9

CON-SAU-LMSE7K

Software and licenses support

Ordering FastLocate

FastLocate increases the location update rate for all the associated devices. FastLocate requires a Wireless Security Module (WSM) on every access point that participates in the location calculation. In addition, the MSE requires either a Base Location or CMX license for every access point.

Ordering MSE Licenses for Legacy Software Versions

Prior to the 7.4 software release, the MSE licensing scheme was based on the number of tracked end devices. The current scheme is based on the number of WLAN access points.

The legacy end-device licenses are still orderable for MSEs using software up to and including the 7.3 release. The SKU is under L-MSE-PAK; Table 4 shows the SKUs for these licenses.

Table 4. SKUs for End-Device Licenses for Release 7.3 and Earlier

License SKU

Description

L-CAS-1KC

Context-Aware Services license for 1000 devices

L-CAS-3KC

Context-Aware Services license for 3000 devices

L-CAS-6KC

Context-Aware Services license for 6000 devices

L-CAS-12KC

Context-Aware Services license for 12000 devices

Migrating MSE Licenses

When upgrading from legacy software versions that use the older licensing scheme (up to and including Release 7.3) to software versions that use the newer licensing scheme (Release 7.4 and later), the older end-device licenses (L-CAS-xKC) will automatically convert to Base Location licenses (per WLAN access point). The number of Base Location licenses created during the conversion process depends on the number of end-device licenses present in the MSE prior to the upgrade. Please contact your Cisco account team if the number of Base Location licenses created during the upgrade process is less than the number of access points in the network.

Cisco MSE Licensing Help

For technical support related to licensing, contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) at 800 553-2447 or tac@cisco.com. For questions related to your licensing order, contact Cisco Customer Service at http://www.cisco.com/go/customerservice.

For More Information

For more information about Cisco MSE, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/mse or the Cisco MSE Support site at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9742/tsd_products_support_series_home.html.

For additional licensing information, visit the Cisco licensing website at http://www.cisco.com/go/license.