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Cisco Open Pay

Pay only for what you consume

Cisco Open Pay is a consumption-based payment solution that enables you to pay for Cisco technologies as you use them, including data center compute and storage. Dial capacity up or down as needed, and better align future payments to actual usage.

With Open Pay, you can…

Minimize upfront costs

No hidden charges, no backdoor fees, and payments that match your usage.

Meet demand spikes

Flexible capacity ensures that spikes in demand need not become spikes in your budget.

Operate with ease

Additional capacity is procured, configured, and installed upfront, minimizing business disruptions.

Reduce risk

Align future payments to your actual usage and plan ahead with confidence. Pay only what you consume.

How it works

Open Pay agreement

Customers enter into an agreement for the entire solution but pay a fixed charge for the committed portion only.

Extra capacity buffer

We’ll provide you with additional buffer capacity, which you’ll be billed for on a predetermined price-per-unit basis only if the buffer is used.

Usage and billing

We monitor usage daily and you will be billed on a quarterly basis.


Select UCS, Nexus, MDS, Catalyst, and third-party storage are eligible for Open Pay.


Agreement to regular electronic verification of variable usage is required.

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Payment solutions, applicable lenders and availability of any referenced programs will vary by country. Cisco Capital offers leasing and/or financing in a limited number of countries. Leasing and/or financing may be provided by an independent financing vendor in jurisdictions where Cisco Capital does not offer the applicable leasing and/or financing products. Other restrictions may apply. Cisco Capital reserves the right to change or cancel the foregoing at any time without notice.

In California, loans offered by Cisco Capital will be made or arranged pursuant to California Financing Law.