Co-Termination VS Per-Device Licensing

By Casey Willis - January 11, 2023

Cisco Meraki offers two different licensing options for its customers: co-termination and per-device licensing.

Co-termination licensing means that all of the licenses for a customer's devices will expire at the same time. This option is best for customers who want to purchase a large number of licenses upfront and have them all expire at the same time for ease of budgeting and renewal.

Per-device licensing means that each device has its own individual license expiration date. This option is best for customers who want to purchase licenses for only a few devices at a time or who have a varying number of devices that they need to license.

The Co-Termination licensing model is best for organizations which prefer a simpler approach with a single expiration date for all of their Meraki devices, regardless of when they were purchased. It uses a weighted average to calculate this date which is recalculated whenever you claim additional licenses.

Per-device licensing, on the other hand, allows customers to pay for only the devices they need to license at any given time. This is often a good option for businesses which need or prefer to manage licenses on a more granular basis, such as when IT budgets are segmented across multiple cost centers in your organization. Additionally, per-device licensing allows customers to add or remove devices as needed, which can be useful for businesses that are scaling up or down.

Both licensing options have their own advantages and can be suitable for different customers depending on their needs. Co-termination licensing is best for customers with a large number of devices, while per-device licensing is more flexible for customers with a varying number of devices or a need to scale up or down.

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