About Firepower Feature Licenses
You can license a variety of features to create an optimal Firepower System deployment for your organization. The Firepower Management Center allows you to manage these feature licenses and assign them to your devices.
The Firepower Management Center manages feature licenses for your devices, but you do not need a feature license to use a Firepower Management Center.
Firepower feature licenses depend on your device type:
Smart Licenses are available for Firepower Threat Defense and Firepower Threat Defense Virtual devices.
Classic Licenses are available for 7000 and 8000 Series, ASA FirePOWER, and NGIPSv devices. Devices that use Classic Licenses are sometimes referred to as Classic devices.
A single Firepower Management Center can manage both Classic and Smart Licenses.
In addition to "right-to-use" feature licenses, many features require a service subscription. Right-to-use licenses do not expire, but service subscriptions require periodic renewal.
For detailed information about Smart vs. Classic licenses on each platform, see the Cisco Firepower System Feature Licenses document at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/firepower/roadmap/firepower-licenseroadmap.html.
For answers to common questions about Smart Licensing, Classic licensing, right-to-use licenses, and service subscriptions, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Firepower Licensing document at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/firepower/licensing/faq/firepower-licence-FAQ.html.