Cisco Smart Account
Cisco Smart Account
Cisco Smart Account include all products enabled for Smart Licensing. It lets you to manage and activate your product licenses, monitor licenses in use, and track Cisco license purchases. With transparent access, you have a real-time view into your smart licensing support products. IT admin can handle licenses and account of users within your organization’s Smart Account through the Smart Software Manager.
The following smart accounts types can be used to purchase and manage your smart licenses:
- Customer Smart Account
- Partner Holding Account
Customer Smart Account
A Customer Smart Account, usually stated to as just regular a Smart Account which allows customers to organize all their Cisco licenses, devices, and specific license agreements and manage user access to their assets and entitlements. A Smart Account is required for digital delivery of a license Similar as requiring a customer physical address for hardware shipment of products. After the assets are placed in the Smart Account, they can be accessed using smart account login within Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM).
Virtual Accounts in Smart Account benefits Customers can to internally organize and manage licenses based on a company’s specific needs, such as departments or geographies. When a Smart Account is created, a corresponding default Virtual Account is created automatically.
Partner Holding Account
Furthermore, Cisco partners can advantage from creating a Partner Holding Account. A Partner Holding Account is used by partners to temporarily store orders before they are deposited to the Customer Smart Accounts. When ordering, a partner may not know the end customer or their Smart Account upfront, and instead will assign the order to the Partner Holding Account temporarily. Once the customer is identified, the partner can transfer the order to the Customer Smart Account.
The main difference between Cisco Smart Account and a Partner Holding Account is that licenses can be consumed only in a Smart Account Cisco, not in a Partner Holding Account.