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Cisco ONE Software Device Tiering Guide-Part 2

May 24 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #IT, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Data Center

In the last article we introduced the main Cisco ONE License portability use cases. In the following tables we continue to share the detailed guidance on which nexus switches, catalyst switches and wireless products belong to which tiers for the purposes of license portability. Some product tiers are still under discussion, so check back on this page for the latest information.

Table3. Cisco Nexus Switches and MDS license portability tiers

Portability Tiers

Cisco Nexus Data Center Switches and MDS

Tier 1

Nexus 3048

Nexus 5548

MDS 9100

Tier 2

Nexus 3132, Nexus 3164, Nexus 3172, Nexus 31108


Nexus 3232, Nexus 3264


Nexus 3524, Nexus 3548


Nexus 5596


Nexus 5624, Nexus 5648, Nexus 5672, Nexus 5696, Nexus 56128


Nexus 6001, Nexus 6004


Nexus 9200


Nexus 9332, Nexus 9364, Nexus 9372, Nexus 9396, Nexus 93108, Nexus 93120, Nexus 93128, Nexus 93180


Nexus 7702, Nexus 7706-EN


MDS 9200


MDS 9300

Tier 3

Nexus 9504, Nexus 9508, Nexus 9516

Nexus 7004

Tier 4

Nexus 7009, Nexus 7010, Nexus 7018

Nexus 7706, Nexus 7710, Nexus 7718



Table4. Cisco Catalyst Switch license portability tiers

Portability Tiers

Current Gen

Next Gen

Cisco Catalyst Series Switches

Tier 1









Tier 2







C3850-12xx Fiber




C3850-24xx - Fiber












Tier 3












Table5. Cisco Aironet Access Points license portability tiers1

Portability Tiers

Cisco Aironet Access Points

Tier 1

Cisco C1-AIR-CT2504-K9

Cisco C1-AIR-CT5508-K9

Cisco C1-AIR-CT5520-K9

Cisco C1-AIR-CT5760-K9

Cisco C1-AIR-CT7510-K9

Cisco C1-AIR-CT8510-K9

Cisco C1-AIR-CT8540-K9

Cisco C1-WSSVC-WISM2-K9x

1 Both physical and virtual wireless controllers are in the same tier for license portability purposes. In addition, Cisco ONE wireless controllers and unified access catalyst switch are classified in the same portability tier for Cisco ONE Wireless license portability. Cisco ONE Wireless license can be ported from a wireless controller to a unified access Cisco Catalyst switch and vice versa at no cost.

Info from https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/software/one-software/tiering-guide-cisco-one.html


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Cisco ONE Software Device Tiering Guide-Part 1

May 24 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #IT, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Routers, #Data Center, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

We know that Cisco ONE Software suites have been introduced to provide a cost-effective and flexible way for customers to acquire software for their data center, WAN, switching, and wireless needs. Do you know how to choose the Cisco ONE Software License for your Cisco hardware? In the following part it shows you the Cisco ONE Software Device Tiering Guide that tells you more…

As described in the FAQ for Cisco ONE Software License Portability, the hardware product series and/or tier on which you have deployed your licenses determines your portability options. Licenses are portable within a product tier (for example, Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) to 2900 Series ISR).

Devices with greater capabilities are categorized in a higher tier because they gain more benefit from the capabilities in Cisco ONE Software. You can port your licenses to a higher tier, but an upgrade fee may be involved.

Table1 describes the different equipment refresh scenarios. Subsequent tables describe the tiers for each family of hardware.

Table1. License portability use cases

Use Case



Refresh a device with a device in the same tier.

Example: Cisco 2901 ISR to 2911 ISR

If a Cisco Software Support Services (SWSS) contract is in place, the software can be used on the new device.


Refresh a device with a device in a higher tier.

Example: Cisco 2901 ISR to 3925 ISR

You must pay a software upgrade fee to use the software from the original device on the replacement device.


You must purchase an upgraded Cisco SWSS contract for the new software. You receive a credit for the old support contract.

The cost is the license cost on the new device minus the license cost on the old device, at current list prices, subject to customer-negotiated discounts.


You also need to consider the cost of the upgraded Cisco SWSS contract.

Refresh a device with a device in a lower tier.

Example: Cisco 3925 ISR to 2901 ISR

You are entitled to use the software deployed on your original device on a lower tier replacement device. You retain license portability rights associated with the original device family, so you can subsequently refresh the device back to the original device family.


You can opt to downgrade the license permanently to the lower tier device family, which would allow you to renew your Cisco SWSS contract at a lower price. In that case, the license entitlement is set permanently to the lower-tier family.

None. The support contract remains with the original device family.




If you permanently downgrade, you may renew your Cisco SWSS contract at a lower price.

Refresh a device with a next‑generation device.

Example: Cisco 3925 ISR to 4000 Series ISR

In this case, the transfer depends on whether the next-generation Cisco 4000 Series ISR is considered the same tier as the existing device, or a higher or lower tier. Depending on the tier, the policies outlined above apply.


In all cases, you must migrate your software licenses to a next-generation device before your older device reaches end of support. At this stage, your Cisco SWSS contact will have expired and you will not meet the portability criteria.

The tier of the next-generation device determines the cost. Depending on the tier, the policies outlined above apply.


Table2. Cisco routers and license portability tiers

Portability Tiers

Current Gen

Next Gen

Cisco Integrated Services Routers

Tier 1

ISR 8xx series


ISR 819, 860, 880, and 890


Tier 2

Cisco ISR 19xx Series


ISR 1921

ISR 4221

ISR 1941

ISR 4321

Tier 3 

Cisco ISR 29xx Series


ISR 2901

ISR 4331

ISR 2911


ISR 2921


ISR 2951


Tier 4

Cisco ISR 39xx Series


ISR 3925


ISR 3945


ISR 3925E


ISR 3945E


Cisco Aggregation Services Routers

Tier 5

Cisco ASR 10xx Series


ASR 1001-X/HX


ASR 1002-X/HX


ASR 1004


ASR 1006, ASR 1006X


ASR 1009X


ASR 1013


* ASR 9K will have separate tiers specific to that platform (to be updated very soon)

In the next article we will continue to share the guidance on which Cisco switches, data center switches, wireless products belong to which tiers for the purposes of Cisco ONE license portability.

...To be continued...

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Catalyst 9000 Switches, New Speeds Transitions in Enterprise

May 17 2018 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Data Center

Catalyst 9000 Switches Enabling Higher Speeds in Enterprise with Investment Protection

Cisco Catalyst 9000 fixed and modular, core and access LAN switches have been designed for an entirely new era of networking. Now your network can learn, adapt, and evolve.

An intuitive network recognizes your intent, mitigates threats through segmentation and encryption, and learns and changes over time. It's simple. You can unlock opportunities, enhance security, improve business agility, and dramatically increase operational efficiencies.

Get unmatched scale for perpetual Cisco UPOE/POE+/PoE with our Catalyst 9000 switches. They're a critical part of an integrated security architecture--one that works before, during, and after a threat occurs to reduce attack surface, detect malware and threats, and rapidly contain those threats. Catalyst 9000 switches are flexible in scale and port speed, from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to multigigabit (1,2.5,5,10 Gbps), 25 GE, 40 GE, and 100 GE.​​​​

New Speeds Transitions in Enterprise

40GE has gained momentum as a potential migration option for aggregation layer upgrades requiring scale beyond 10GE.

40GE is a great option for green-field deployments, but suffers from some challenges for brown-field environments. 40GE optics use QSFP+ form factor that require expensive adapters for backward compatibility with existing 10G SFP+ optics. Moreover, in deployments that use multimode fiber, 40GE can be quite restrictive since it supports only one-third the reach as that of 10GE based deployments.

25GE is a good alternative that provides a seamless migration path from 10GE with better price-to-value, avoiding cable upgrade expenses, and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).

Emergence of SFP28 has changed the network speed upgrade path from 10GE->40GE to 10GE->25GE->100GE.

SFP28 based 25GE optics use the same form factor as SFP+, while providing 2.5 times the bandwidth. Dell’Oro predicts that that Ethernet industry will be heading to 25GE/100GE technologies instead of 40GE; and 25GE is expected to outgrow 10GE by 2021.

One of the main drivers for this phenomenon is availability of new optics with SFP28 technology that offers a better cost curve along with longer reach capabilities suitable for Campus deployments. Enterprises can significantly reduce the number of cables, power, and device footprint with SFP28 technology in aggregation layer. Considering the compelling economics of 25GE, core layer with 100GE in a three-tier architecture is a no brainer! Using four lanes of 25GE, 100GE backbone platforms require lesser cabling relative and thus benefit from reduced space requirements and cost savings. Further, 4x25GE breakout cable support provides Enterprises additional options for conveniently migrating to an extensible 100GE network with investment protection.

Cisco leading the industry with 25GE Enterprise optimized Optics

Progressive Enterprises that start evaluating options to embrace these new speeds face some key questions – how to maintain same supported distances as 10GE (300m/400m), how to stage seamless network upgrades, will cost/performance justify new investments? Designed to overcome the challenges of 40GE, Cisco’s SFP28 portfolio offers customers a wide variety of high-density and low-power options addressing these considerations.

Some of the key benefits include:

  • Longer Reach Cisco’s innovations, SFP10/25-CSR, to support high-density multi-rate optics enables Enterprises to drive up to 300m/400m over standard dual strand OM3/OM4 fiber.
  • Ease of Adoption–Cisco’s dual rate optics, SFP10/25G-CSR for multi-mode fiber and SFP10/25G-LR for single-mode fiber provide seamless migration path with un-surpassed investment protection.
  • Better Price-to-Performance–Cisco’s single laser low cost optics consume less power and provide higher density relative to quad laser based 40GE optics, thus resulting in OpEx savings from power and cooling and lower TCO.

Along with introduction of new optics, Cisco has continued to innovate with new generation of programmable ASIC that enables network upgrades to 25GE and 100GE in Enterprise possible now

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