Smart Software Licensing Overview

Simple, Flexible Licensing

Say goodbye to product activation keys (PAKs). Cisco Smart Software Licensing is a new way of thinking about licensing. It adds flexibility to your licensing and simplifies it across the enterprise.

Smart Software licensing delivers visibility into your license ownership and consumption. Know what you own and how you are using it. Benefit from more straightforward, standardized offers, license platforms, and policies. Make better educated purchase decisions to lower your operational costs. Discover ease of deployment with automatic license activation.

This licensing model is:

  • Simple: Procure, deploy, and manage licenses easily. Devices self-register, removing the need for product activation keys (PAK)
  • Flexible: Pool license entitlements in a single account. Move licenses freely through the network, wherever you need them
  • Smart: Manage your license deployments with real-time visibility of ownership and consumption


  • Smart Software Manager
  • With an easy-to-use, intuitive interface, Smart Software Manager gives visibility to assets across the enterprise.

  • Smart Account Manager satellite
  • This component is designed for security-sensitive customers who do not want to manage their installed base using a direct Internet connection.

Resources and Tools

The resources and tools in this section have been created to help you manage your Smart Accounts.

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Simplify license and entitlement management and enjoy product self-registration.


An easy-to-use, intuitive interface gives visibility to assets across the enterprise.


Synchronize and manage your product licenses more securely and flexibly on-premises.

Additional Resources

Connect to information about Smart Accounts, access on-demand training resources, or register to attend a live training session.