The rise of software licensing in networking changes some of my assumptions about the 5 year cost of ownership of products. Roughly, lets assume that you are buying virtual appliances like firewalls, DNS/DHCP, IDS/IPS, proxy servers and load balancers and that you pay some type of yearly license to use the product. Capital Upfront The legacy […]
I’ve been evaluating Cisco Nexus products for a customer. So far, its taken 10h20m to check which licenses are required for each platform. And I’m still not confident that it’s correct and accurate.
Cisco customers can update their licenses using this handy portal. Sounds good ? Exciting ? No, not the person who bought the software license, the partner that sold you the license can update the licenses. You might have forgotten who is Cisco’s real customer, and it’s not the person who paid for products. Partners, the […]
Check this out. An entire webinar devoted to licensing of just a single product from Cisco. Obviously, Cisco licensing of UCM is now so complicated and involved that there “Subject Matter Experts” dedicated to handling your queries about licensing upgrades. Not the product itself mind you, or the great new features, or planning your migration process. […]
If this is the best that Cisco can manage when they are “listening” we have a huge problem with Cisco licensing strategy. Glam it up all you like, but this isn’t helping. It’s just ignoring us.