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Cisco Data Center Networking Software Licensing Guide for Nexus 9000

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Introduction

Cisco Data Center Networking (DCN) software brings automation and policy-driven management and control to your data center. Cisco® DCN licensing provides flexibility when adopting various software consumption models.

      Subscription – These term-based software licenses are available in 3-year and 5-year terms.

    DCN tiered licenses are available in Essential, Advantage and Premier levels as well as add-ons that support Cisco ACI® and Cisco NX-OS

    For customers that have a net Total Contract Value (TCV) of more $100,000, we recommend data center enrollment for a Cisco Enterprise Agreement. Learn more about Enterprise Agreements to cover your data center technologies.

      Perpetual – This is a non-transferrable, fixed price, traditional licensing model with the right to use covered features for a perpetual term.

    DCN tiered licenses in are available as Essential and Advantage tier licenses as well as add-ons that support Cisco ACI and Cisco NX-OS

    NX-OS tiered licenses are available as Essential and Advantage licenses as well as add-ons that support NX-OS only

Customers now have a choice on how to consume Cisco Nexus® 9000 DCN software. The offers contain the necessary licenses to run in either Cisco ACI or NX-OS mode. This provides customers with flexibility to transition to policy-driven ACI when it is convenient. You could initially manage Nexus 9000 infrastructure with the NX-OS management capabilities, and then transition to ACI when ready, without having to purchase any new licenses. Offering alternatives for both multiple and single data center environments allows you to tailor your investment to your specific data center landscape. Table 1 describes a simplified matrix of the DCN licensing offers.

Table 1.        DCN licensing summary

Type of license

Perpetual

Subscription

Essential tier

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Advantage tier

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EA

Premier tier

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Day-2 ops add-on

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Support contract

Customer must buy a separate support contract annually

Embedded support

Refer to Cisco Data Center Networking Software Subscriptions and the DCN Licensing Guide for more details.

For a detailed list of DCN add-on licenses supported on Nexus 9000, please refer to Table 6 and 7 in the NX-OS Licensing Guide.

DCN software licensing framework

Cisco DCN software license offerings are available for physical devices in fixed and modular platforms, virtual software platforms for on premises, and cloud-based.

Subscription licenses typically have the format outlined in Figure 1. A de-coder example is provided to help translate the licenses.

Subscription licenses format

Figure 1.            

Subscription licenses format

Perpetual licenses typically have the format shown in Figure 2, A de-coder example is provided to help translate the licenses.

Perpetual licenses format

Figure 2.            

Perpetual licenses format

Platform to license Product ID (PID) mapping

Table 2 provides a detailed mapping of the license product IDs (PID).

Table 2.        Platform to license PIDs mapping

1G fixed platforms (GF)

Fixed platforms (XF)

Fixed platforms (XF2)

4-slot modular platform (M4)

8-slot, 16-slot modular platforms (M8-16)

N9K-C9348GC-FXP

N9K-C93180YC-EX

N9K-C93108TC-EX

N9K-C93180LC-EX

N9K-C93180YC-FX

N9K-C93108TC-FX

N9K-C93180YC- FX3S

N9K-C93240YC-FX2

N9K-C93216TC-FX2

N9K-C93360YC-FX2

N9K-C9336C-FX2

N9K-C9332C

N9K-C93180YC-EX-24

N9K-C93108TC-EX-24

N9K-C93180YC-FX-24

N9K-C93108TC-FX-24

N9K-C9364C

N9K-C9316D-GX

N9K-C93600CD-GX

N9K-C9364C-GX

N9K-C9504

N9K-C9508

N9K-C9516

Additional resources

For more information on DCN software licensing, visit the following online resources:

      DCN Licensing Subscription at a Glance

      DCN Licensing Subscription FAQ

      DCN Software Subscription

      Cisco Enterprise Agreement

      Data Center Enrollment for Cisco Enterprise Agreement at a Glance

      Cloud DCN Licensing

      Data Center Networking Promotions

      Cisco Partner Promotions

      Nexus 9000 and 3000 Series NX-OS Switch License Navigator

      Cisco NX-OS Licensing Guide

      Cisco ACI Licensing Guide

I Note: DCN (ACI+NX-OS) Essentials, Advantage, and add-on licenses are supported for Cisco Nexus 9300 platform switches starting with Cisco NX-OS Release 9.2(3) onwards. The ACI Premier licenses are supported for Cisco Nexus 9300 platform switches starting with Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)I7(7) and 9.3(2) onwards. These licenses support license migration from Cisco NX-OS to ACI.

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