System Licensing Overview
Your system uses centralized license management, whereby license usage moves away from the device-based licensing and towards user-based licensing. This user-centered model matches the overall requirements of your system and what your users actually use—for example, multiple devices that are associated with one user. From this model, licensing for your system is determined by the total number of users itself, user features, and configured devices.
The following licensing options are available to cover your users' needs:
- Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing
Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing (UWL) provides the most popular bundles of Cisco Collaboration applications and services in a cost-effective, simple package. It includes soft clients, applications server software, and licensing on a per-user basis.
- Cisco User Connect Licensing
A per-user based license for individual Cisco Unified Communications applications, that includes the applications server software, user licensing, and a soft client. Depending the type of device and number of devices that you require, User Connect Licensing (UCL) is available in essential, basic, enhanced, and enhanced plus versions.
For more information about these license types and the versions in which they are available, see http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/unified-communications/unified-communications-licensing/index.html.
Cisco Prime License Manager
Cisco Prime License Manager consolidates all license requirements from all Cisco Unified Communications Managers in your system and compares the total requirements to the number of available licenses installed. When you provision users, phones, or other services in your system, license requirements are calculated. After this step, the Cisco Unified Communications Manager sends the corresponding license requirements to Cisco Prime License Manager. The license then compares your system license requirements with the available licenses installed, and reports back license compliance or non-compliance. They continually synchronize data and keep your system licensing snapshot up to date.