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Cisco Data Center Networking Software Tiered Subscription Licenses At-a-Glance

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Introduction

Organizations today must keep pace with ever-changing customer demands and competitive threats. Success depends upon greater agility and delivery of extraordinary customer experience. This requires applications that deploy rapidly, perform optimally, remain highly available, and stay secure.

Meeting these demands calls for a data center environment that is flexible, automated, and that includes policy-driven management and control.

With Cisco Data Center Networking (DCN) tiered subscriptions, you can accelerate your journey to security, automation, and assurance with Cisco intent-based networking for the data center. Cisco Data Center Networking software brings flexibility, allowing you to choose your best time to migrate to this solution with simple subscription licensing. Customers now have a choice in how you consume Cisco Nexus® 9000 software, via subscriptions.

These new offers contain the licenses necessary to run in either Cisco ACI® or Cisco® NX-OS mode. Through a subscription offer, customers gain flexibility to transition to policy-driven ACI when it is convenient for them. Customers could initially manage their 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 customers to tailor their investment to their specific data center landscape.

These subscription offers are available in 3, 5 and 7-year terms. Cisco Software Support (SWSS) is included.

Benefits

      Ongoing access to newest features

      Ability to renew and scale when you want

      License portability for flexibility

      Up-to-date security protection

      Software refresh independent of hardware

      Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS) included

      Linear, predictable budget spend

Subscription options

      The Data Center Networking Essentials Subscription includes both Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) and Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) Software licenses, offering customers flexibility to migrate to the software- defined, policy-driven management and control of Cisco ACI. Data Center Networking Essentials includes all the features needed to operate a leading-edge single data center fabric or site

      The Data Center Networking Advantage Subscription includes all the features in the Data Center Networking Essentials license, plus the advanced capabilities and Multi-Site Orchestrator appliance support, necessary to manage multiple data center fabrics or sites

      The Data Center Networking Premier Subscription includes all the features in the Data Center Networking Advantage license, plus the Cisco Day-2 Operations Suite. Cisco Assurance and Insights are advanced Day-2 Operational capabilities that predict and remediate network issues. They allow operators to make decisions accurately, drastically reducing downtime and promoting network correctness

      The Day-2 Operations Add-On Subscription is a recommended choice for customers who already have a DCN Essentials or Advantage subscription, but would like to activate the Day-2 Operations Suite, that consist of Network Assurance and Insights

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Subscription details

Data Center Networking Essentials subscription

The Data Center Networking subscription license includes all key capabilities customers need to manage and operate a leading-edge single data center fabric or site, including:

      Routed fabric capability: LAN Enterprise (Layer 3 routing) features license (Cisco NX-OS Software), Data Center Networking subscriptions including multi-pod capability.

      Fabric management: Data Center Network Manager LAN (NX-OS), Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) capabilities (Cisco ACI).

      Cisco Nexus Dashboard*: A powerful single pane of glass to access multiple management applications. More on Nexus Dashboard.

Data Center Networking Advantage subscription

The Data Center Networking Advantage subscription license includes:

      All the features in the Data Center Networking Essentials subscription license.

      Advanced capabilities to manage multiple data centers or sites with a single point of control using Cisco Multi-Site Orchestrator (MSO) or Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM).

      Cisco Nexus Dashboard*: A powerful single pane of glass to access multiple management applications. More on Nexus Dashboard.

Data Center Networking Premier subscription

Data Center Networking Premier subscription extends the value of Data Center Networking Advantage subscription by including Day 2 Operations Suite*: Cisco Assurance and Insights. Cisco’s Day 2 Operations solution provides operators the confidence that the network meets their business intent, ensuring performance and uptime. This solution predicts and verifies network behavior and provides intelligent analysis and actionable advice to prevent outages. As a result, network operations move from a reactive to a proactive stance. For more details, visit Data Center Network Assurance and Insights website. visit Data Center Network Assurance and Insights website.

As seen in above subscription tiers, Cisco Nexus Dashboard*, a powerful single pane of glass to access multiple management applications is also included here. More on Nexus Dashboard.

Day 2 Operations Add-On subscription

Designed to help customers activate Day 2 Operations Suite on top of existing DCN Essentials or Advantage license. Day 2 Ops Add-On License benefits include:

Network Assurance Engine: Cisco Day 2 Ops solution proactively detect network outages and security policy vulnerabilities before they impact the business, reduces risk by predicting change impact, and rapidly determines the root cause of problems. With a unified network repository and compliance rules, Cisco Day 2 Ops solution simplifies audits and ensures compliance.

Nexus Insights: Nexus Insights has two primary functions:

      Monitor and record hardware and software telemetry data over time in order to identify anomalies in the fabric and help automate troubleshooting, root-cause analysis, capacity planning and remediation. It helps infrastructure owners comply with SLAs required by their customers.

      Enable customers to prevent unscheduled outages and reduce downtime for their data center networks by providing proactive notifications about security advisories, critical bugs, end-of-life and end-of-support announcements and recommended software and hardware upgrades based on platforms, deployed software, and features. Network Insights also helps decrease MTTR by collecting the necessary data for Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) service requests in case of issues. These capabilities enable customers keep deployments running smoothly while reducing operating expenses and troubleshooting time.

Nexus Dashboard software:* A powerful single pane of glass to access multiple management applications. More on Nexus Dashboard.

*Platform not included.

Support and license management

Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS)

Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS) delivers the right support for Cisco software products and suites and helps keep your business applications performing as expected. In the Data Center Networking subscription offers, SWSS is already included. To learn more, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/swss.

We are bridging from SWSS to help customers move to Data Center Networking innovation. New Cisco ONE perpetual customers will attach an ACI Essentials subscription license that includes SWSS for the perpetual and subscription licenses. Existing Cisco ONE customers will get a Data Center Networking Essentials subscription license at the time of SWSS renewal that includes SWSS for the perpetual and subscription licenses. This is cost neutral, thus provides substantially more value at no additional cost.

Cisco Smart Net Total Care for Hardware

To help ensure coverage for your Cisco base OS software and hardware, we recommend Cisco Smart Net Total Care coverage, which provides 24-hour global support for the underlying hardware platforms on which Cisco ONE Software is deployed. For more information, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/smartnet.

Cisco Solution Support

Cisco Solution Support provides centralized support through our solution experts.

To learn more, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/solutionsupport.

Cisco Smart Licensing

For a more detailed overview on Cisco Licensing, go to cisco.com/go/licensingguide.

Why Cisco

Digital business relies upon a new digital network in the data center. This new network requires a software-based and policy-driven approach, automation, built-in security, proactive monitoring and troubleshooting. Cisco is delivering this new network for the data center via Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Nexus Operating System (NX-OS).

Through these innovations, we make it easier for IT to respond to the ever evolving demands of your business. Cisco is the premier company with the breadth, depth, and intellectual property to fully address your organization’s data center networking needs now and into the future.

For more information

      FAQ: Cisco DCN Subscription Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

      Cisco Data Center Licensing Website

      Cisco DCN Add-On Licenses

For information about Cisco Services for Data Center, please visit https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/data-centervirtualization/service-listing.html.

 

 

 

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