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Cisco Data Center Networking Software Subscriptions

Cisco offers a broad range of data center software subscription and licensing options to suit the specific needs of your data center.

Data center software subscriptions can…

Run in Cisco ACI or NX-OS mode

Transition to policy-driven Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco's SDN solution, at any time.

Manage one or more data centers

Data center licensing has the flexibility to scale according to current and future needs, and refresh software independent of hardware.

Get latest innovations

Retain ongoing access to the newest data center innovations, linear and predictable budget spend, and an agile consumption model.

ACI Essentials

ACI Advantage

ACI Premier

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Key features

Recommended for single data centers. Includes both NX-OS and ACI management and operations capabilities offering flexibility to migrate as neededRecommended for multiple data centers and/or clouds. Includes all the features in ACI Essentials plus advanced capabilities.Recommended for multiple data centers and/or clouds, and provides the highest innovations. Includes all ACI Advantage features plus Day 2 Operations Suite.
ACI Base
Streaming Telemetry
ACI Multi-pod
PTP
LAN Enterprise (NX-OS mode)
Network Services (NX-OS mode)
Streaming Telemetry (NX-OS mode)
ACI Multi-site 
Physical Remote Leaf 
VPN Fabric (NX-OS mode) 
Network Insights - Resources  
Network Insights Advisor (NIA)  
Network Assurance Engine (NAE)  
NAE Policy Explorer (NAE PE)  

Cisco ACI Smart Licensing

Smart Licensing is enabled in the Cisco ACI fabric and by extension in the Cisco APIC as a Cisco Smart Licensing-enabled product. Cisco Smart Licensing is a unified license management system that manages all the software licenses across Cisco products.

Flexible subscription model

We can help you find the most comprehensive and affordable subscription model for your data center.

Easy ways to consume data center solutions

Licensing that is simple and flexible.

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

This appliance simulates a Cisco ACI environment. Use it to understand Cisco ACI features, exercise APIs, and initiate integration with third-party orchestration systems and applications.

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