Cisco Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600 Licensing Options
Different types of licenses are required for the Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600.
Table 1-15 describes each license and the features it enables.
Table 1-15 Nexus 5500 Product Licensing
FabricPath Services Package
FCoE NPV Package
Layer 3 Base Services Package
Unlimited static routes and maximum of 256 dynamic routes:
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package
N55-LAN1K9 includes the following features in addition to the ones under N55-BAS1K9 license:
Storage Protocols Services Package
Native Fibre Channel
NOTE: To manage the Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600, two types of licenses are needed: the DCNM LAN and DCNM SAN. Each is a separate license.
Nexus switches have a grace period, which is the amount of time the features in a license package can continue functioning without a license.
Enabling a licensed feature that does not have a license key starts a counter on the grace period. You then have 120 days to install the appropriate license keys, disable the use of that feature, or disable the grace period feature.
If at the end of the 120-day grace period the device does not have a valid license key for the feature, the Cisco NX-OS software automatically disables the feature and removes the configuration from the device. There is also an evaluation license, which is a temporary license. Evaluation licenses are time bound (valid for a specified number of days) and are tied to a host ID (device serial number).