Smart and licensing, two words not often associated with each other in regards to Cisco's UC portfolio.
Currently, there are a variety of ways to purchase, license and activate the Cisco UC portfolio. Two decades of acquisitions and licensing evolutions, including the adjustment from device to user licensing, have created challenges. These include:
lack of total organizational visibility
limited ability to control administrative priviliges
multiple steps of ordering and provisioning licenses
difficult cluster moves and re-hosting of licenses
complicated upgrade paths
no central data store for licensing information
These challenges are addressed with Smart Software Licensing. Smart licensing provides the following benefits:
The software inventory management system provides a clear view of software ownership and utilization.
A connected experience with seamless integration to ordering, Smart Account, and Smart enabled products
Organizational level license visibility and sharing
Automatic entitlements over traditional PAK approach, reducing manual overheads and tracking
Need another reason to care? Cisco Unified Communication Manager 12.x and above require the use of a Smart Account.
Migration to Smart Licensing requires a Smart Account, created at www.software.cisco.com. Cisco licensing will approve your Smart Account and add all existing licenses.
Multiple deployment models exist for Smart Licensing
Direct access: Your Cisco application directly connects to Smart Software Manager in the cloud
Direct access via a Proxy: Supports HTTP via a proxy server
Connected access via Satellite Smart Software Manager
Disconnected access via Satellite Smart Software Manager