As your network environment grows your scalability and capacity needs change. The NetIron platform not only gives you the flexibility to unlock additional scalability and performance potential, but also the option to try or demo this increased performance before you purchase. Many NetIron users may or may not be aware of the optional features that can be enabled via a license. Although this capability is documented in various NetIron docs, such as the Ironware Software Upgrade Guide, at times I find that a condensed version that shows what licensed features are available is helpful rather than wading through pages and pages of documentation. The information below describes the available NetIron license types and the features they make available. More detailed information on NetIron Licensing can be found in theIronware Software Upgrade Guide.
NetIron License Types
Temporary License The temporary license enables a license-controlled feature to run on the device on a temporary basis. A temporary license enables demonstration and evaluation of a licensed feature and can be valid for a period of 45 days*.
Permanent license The permanent license enables a license-controlled feature to run on the device indefinitely.
*Note: Temporary licenses are valid for 45 days from the date the license was generated; a second 45 day license can be requested in the event that additional time is required. Only two, 45-day temporary licenses are permitted for each feature on each unit. When a purchased, permanent license is installed, the temporary license will be de-activated and replaced by the purchased license.
Brocade NetIron CES License Options
The BASE package
Brocade NetIron CES 2000 devices support full Layer 2 Switching and base Layer 3 (RIP and static routes).
Metro Edge Premium (ME_PREM) License:
Supports full Layer 2 Switching, base Layer 3 (RIP and static routes), Provider Bridges (IEEE 802.1ad), Provider Backbone Bridges (IEEE 802.1ah), OSPF, ISIS, and Connectivity Fault Management (IEEE 802.1ag) and Service OAM.
Layer 3 Premium (L3_PREM) License:
Support full Layer 2 Switching, base Layer 3 (RIP and static routes), and full Layer 3 including BGP, ISIS and OSPF.
Brocade NetIron CER License Options
The BASE package:
Brocade NetIron CER 2000 devices support full Layer 2 Switching and full Layer 3 (RIP, OSPF, ISIS, and BGP). It also includes virtual routing in non-MPLS environments via Multi-VRF.
The Advanced Services Premium (ADV_SVCS_PREM) License:
Includes MPLS, Layer 2 VPNs using VPLS and VLLs, Provider Bridges (IEEE 802.1ad), Provider Backbone Bridges 802.1ah), Connectivity Fault Management (IEEE 802.1ag) and Service OAM, along with Ethernet Service Instance (ESI).
The Brocade NetIron CER -RT features the same upgradeability to 10 GbE with full MPLS capabilities as the original Brocade NetIron CER, and has the ability to simultaneously store up to 1.5 million IPv4 routes and up to 256,000 IPv6 routes.
All Brocade NetIron CES 2000 and Brocade NetIron CER 2000 devices can be upgraded to premium packages.
Brocade MLXe/MLX and XMR License Options
Brocade part Number Description
BR-MLX-10GX4-X - Enables License upgrade to NetIron MLX and Brocade MLXe 4-port 10-GbE (X) module with
IPv4/IPv6/MPLS hardware support - requires XFP optics. Supports 1 million IPv4 routes in FIB.
BR-MLX-1GCx24-X - Enables 24-port 1Gbps copper module. Supports 1 million IPv4 routes in FIB.
BR-MLX-1GFx24-X - Enables 24-port 1Gbps fiber module. Supports 1 million IPv4 routes in FIB.
BR-MLX-100GX1-2PUPG - Enables 100 GbE second port license upgrade —requires CFP optics.
Temporary License Activation
To order and obtain a trial license contact your Brocade representative
After requesting a temporary license you will receive an XML license file. The XML license file can be directly uploaded and installed on your NetIron product.
Complete the steps below for license installation:
1. Save the attached xml file and copy it to a tftp server that can be accessed by the NetIron system.
2. The command "copy tftp license" will copy the license to the NetIron system and install it.
Note: It is strongly encouraged that you to retain the License ID and Software License file information for future reference.