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Cisco Smart Licensing

A flexible software licensing model that simplifies the way you activate and manage licenses across your organization

A new way to think about software licensing

Use your Smart License with a Smart Account
A Smart Account allows you to centrally organize your licenses, devices, and specific license agreements based on your business needs.

Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM)
CSSM is an intuitive portal where you can activate and manage all of your Cisco licenses. An On-Prem version is available for security-sensitive customers.

View Smart License documentation by product

What makes Smart Licenses different?


License Flexibility- Your software is not node-locked to your hardware, so you can easily use and transfer licenses as needed. 


Leave inconsistent licensing entitlements and management behind. Cisco is standardizing smart licensing across all products.

Easy Activation

Smart licensing establishes a pool of software licenses that can be used across your entire company, no PAKs (Product Activation Keys) needed. 

ZK Research white paper: How to get the most out of your infrastructure investments with Smart Licensing

Read how Cisco is changing its approach to software licensing and how it’s significantly more flexible than traditional licensing models.

Deployment options for different security profiles


Direct cloud access with Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM).


On-premises access with Cisco Smart Software Manager On-Prem.


Offline access through License Reservation.

Smart Accounts are foundational to Smart Licensing

To use Smart Licensing, you must first set up a Cisco Smart Account.

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Smart Licensing Deployment Options white paper

Learn how Smart Licensing works, why it’s important and what deployment options are available.

Smart Licensing: Five Myths Debunked blog

Smart Licensing provides insight into software license ownership and consumption. Take a look at five myths and the truth behind them.