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PLR License for Cisco Switch and Routers

PLR License for Cisco Switch and Routers

Cisco’s routing and switching product line provides intent-based networking for the WAN, LAN, and cloud. Plus, these products include advanced analytics, application optimization, automated provisioning, and integrated security to deliver a complete proven solution. Also, as the largest enterprise cybersecurity company in the world, Cisco leads the way and provides simplicity, visibility and efficiency across your security infrastructure. when the device is shipped, some of its basic features are activated tough the more advanced capabilities require various Cisco licenses. 

As you probably know, most of the Cisco products need licensing for full capacity operations. Cisco Smart Licensing works in a completely different manner compare with classic licensing. Instead of using PAKs or license files, Smart Licensing establishes a pool of software licenses or entitlements in a customer-defined Cisco Smart Account. The Smart Account provides a central location where you can view, store, and manage your licenses. With Smart Licensing, you control the level of security required for your environment. There are multiple options for usage reporting — Cisco understands there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to security. Customers may choose one deployment option or a mix-and-match approach of the various deployment options, based on what is most convenient for them. while, a lot of customers are migrating to Cisco smart licensing and using direct connection to Cisco smart software manager in order to register their products, some are not satisfied with this solution. These customers believe any outbound connection would compromise their network security. In some point they are right! So what can we do?

To address the mentioned challenges, Cisco has announced its Permanent License Reservation or PLR licenses. The Cisco PLR license enables all the device’s full capabilities permanently and with no need for any constant or periodic connection to CSSM. Currently, the following devices could support the Cisco PLR licenses:


For more information Cisco PLR License

Cisco ASR Series Routers

Cisco ASR feature rich routers economically scale with any bandwidth demand and support the application performance required to power service needs. Currently, Cisco ASR 900, ASR 1000 and ASR 9000 series routers support PLR licensing.

Cisco ISR Series Routers

Cisco ISR routers revolutionize WAN communication within the enterprise branch and ISR 1000 and ISR 4000 series routers support PLR licensing right now.

Cisco CSRv Router

 Cisco CSR1000v routers which are designed for private and public cloud deployments, can provide full capability using a PLR license.  

Cisco 8000 series routers

Cisco 8000 series routers are industry-leading, rack-mountable modular, highly scalable and deep-buffered routers.

Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series Edge Platforms

The SD-WAN ready Catalyst 8000 leverage your network with networking and security combined and the flexibility to deploy any service on premise or in the cloud.

Cisco Nexus Series Switches

Cisco Nexus switches provide a foundation with unparalleled capabilities and multi-speed functionality and encryption for future-ready growing applications. Most of Nexus series supports PLR licenses.

Cisco Catalyst Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst Series switches are designed to meet the demand of fast advancing security threats, evolving IoT, Cloud and mobility integration. On latest IOS XE update on most catalyst switches, PLR licensing is supported.

Cisco Catalyst 9800 Wireless LAN Controller

The Wi-Fi 6-supported Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controller fortifies your network and allows it to be deployed anywhere.

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