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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Veeam Availability Orchestrator?

Veeam® Availability Orchestrator delivers a reliable, scalable and easy-to-use orchestration and automation engine that’s purpose-built for today’s business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) needs. By eliminating manual testing and recovery processes that are inefficient, lengthy and error-prone, Veeam Availability Orchestrator provides a planned, practiced and proven DR strategy — using replicas and backups — for more resilient IT operations.

  • Skyrocket operational efficiencies
    Eliminate manual, repeatable processes with comprehensive orchestration and automation for one-click DR and migrations.
  • Maximize service availability
    Meet application-specific SLOs while reducing spend with flexible, full support for replication and backup.
  • Boost confidence in your DR plans
    Constantly validate recoverability and compliance of DR plans with fully automated, non-disruptive testing and documentation.
What is DR Pack?

DR Pack is a new exciting packaging option where Veeam Availability Orchestrator can be added on top of a new or previous purchase of either Veeam Availability Suite™ or Veeam Backup & Replication™ to ensure business continuity for all your VMs (not just the most-critical ones)!

With the price starting from $30 per VM, this is the simplest and most cost-effective BC/DR solution on the market!

Total number of purchased DR Pack licenses must match the total number of VMware vSphere VMs licensed in Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication. For more information, please refer to our pricing or contact sales.

What’s included in Veeam Availability Orchestrator?
  • Veeam Availability Orchestrator
  • Veeam Backup & Replication™ Enterprise Plus edition (embedded1)
  • Veeam ONE™ (embedded1)
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express

1 Embedded Orchestrator edition products are licensed only to provide supporting functionality for Veeam Availability Orchestrator and not for full production use.

Which products does Veeam Availability Orchestrator support?
Veeam Availability Orchestrator is capable of orchestrating the native backup and replication functionality of VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs), protected by Veeam Backup & Replication as a standalone solution or as part of Veeam Availability Suite™. Starting with Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3, it is now also possible to provide direct orchestration of VMware vSphere virtual machines hosted on NetApp ONTAP storage.
Which Veeam Backup & Replication platforms does Veeam Availability Orchestrator support?

Veeam Availability Orchestrator v1 requires Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 or later. Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 requires Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 or later. Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3 requires Veeam Backup & Replication v10 or later.

Either Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition is required, as Veeam Availability Orchestrator checks for this edition via internal API.

What version of NetApp ONTAP does Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3 support?
NetApp ONTAP 9.x and above. Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3 supports both synchronous and asynchronous SnapMirror replication.

Licensing

General Veeam licensing information, including licensing criteria and terminology, can be viewed here.
How is Veeam Availability Orchestrator licensed?

Veeam Availability Orchestrator is licensed as two options:

  • DR Pack is a new exciting packaging option where Veeam Availability Orchestrator can be added on top of a new or previous purchase of either Veeam Availability Suite™ or Veeam Backup & Replication™ to ensure business continuity for all your VMs (not just the most-critical ones)!
    With the price starting from $30 per VM, this is the simplest and most cost-effective BC/DR solution on the market!
    Total number of purchased DR Pack licenses must match the total number of VMware vSphere VMs licensed in Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication. For more information, please refer to our pricing or contact sales.
  • Standalone: you can also purchase Veeam Availability Orchestrator as a standalone offering, for only your most critical VMs. These licenses are available in 1-to-5-year annual subscriptions.

All Subscription licenses are sold on a per-VM basis in bundles of 10. Veeam Availability Orchestrator licenses are non-transferable to other Veeam products, and generic Veeam Universal Licenses cannot be applied to Veeam Availability Orchestrator. All purchases include 24x7 Production Support. Local pricing can be found here.

Is Veeam Backup & Replication required?
If a customer is orchestrating recovery from Veeam replicas or backups, Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition is required. If a customer is orchestrating recovery from NetApp ONTAP snapshots, additional Veeam Backup & Replication licenses are not required.
How many orchestrated instances are required if I want to orchestrate both a backup and a replica of a VM?
One. Orchestrated instances are assigned to VMs, where one orchestrated instance is equivalent to one VM, regardless of how many orchestration plans that VM is included in.
Can I remove a VM from Veeam Availability Orchestrator if it’s no longer needed and apply its license counter to another VM?
Yes, Veeam Availability Orchestrator includes dynamic licensing, and licenses can be applied to VMs as they are added or removed from a failover plan.

Do you have more questions?

Attend one of our live product demos or contact your Veeam sales representative.