Veeam® Availability Suite™ 9.5 is the flagship product providing Availability for All workloads — virtual, physical and cloud. It combines the backup, restore and replication capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication™ with the advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning functionality of Veeam ONE™. Additionally, for small to medium-sized businesses, Veeam Backup Essentials™ offers the same functionality as Veeam Availability Suite, but in package and price points more appropriate for smaller businesses.
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Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux — key components of the Veeam Availability Platform™ — are small backup agents designed to provide comprehensive backup and recovery for physical and cloud-based workloads running on servers, workstations, desktops, laptops and more. They are managed through a single console.
Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux (all versions) are sold and licensed with VUL and can be accessed with any of the VUL license packages: Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Essentials. Agents can be managed centrally with Veeam Backup & Replication, they can be deployed as standalone products as well.
Yes, with the Free Editions of Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux, you can back up to a Veeam repository backed by a licensed Veeam Backup & Replication server. However, you cannot have both free and paid editions of Veeam Agents backing up to a Veeam repository at the same time — you must choose to use either all free or all paid agents.
All versions of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can be deployed in server mode to enable server-specific features (e.g., application-aware processing, file indexing and search, server-friendly scheduling and retention, etc.), making it the best choice for server backups for many enterprise applications.
Learn more about Veeam Agent deployment modes here:
New VUL licenses can be used for standalone Veeam Agent-only deployments and when agents are managed by the Veeam Backup & Replication server. Licenses must be purchased in quantities of at least 10 license instances.
This is detailed in our licensing policy.
Veeam has changed how we sell Subscription licenses and have moved to selling a pool of portable licenses instead of only selling single product-specific licenses. The minimum increment of VUL orders is 10 license instances. Fortunately, these VUL licenses can be used across multiple products, including Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam ONE, Enterprise Applications for SAP HANA and Oracle, Nutanix AHV, File Shares(coming soon) and more.
If you only need to protect agents, the most cost-effective option would be to purchase VUL Standard edition. At three instances per server, one bundle of 10 instances would protect three servers, leaving one instance for whatever you choose.
If you have other Veeam products in your environment and you want to centrally manage the environment, we ask that you maintain the same edition across the various products.
Veeam Agents for IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris are backup agents designed to ensure the availability of your IBM AIX and Oracle workloads by providing backup and recovery for physical servers and servers running as LPARs / Zones. They are standalone products, licensed with a separate (Non-VUL) license, and are not part of Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite.
Server licenses for Veeam Agents for IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris include 24.7.365 Technical Support for the term of the purchased license — from one (1) year to five (5) years.
The first version is a standalone product and does not integrate with other Veeam products including Veeam Backup & Replication, nor is it able to send backups to a Veeam backup repository. Updates are expected to integrate these Unix products with other Veeam products and licenses shortly.
In addition to delivering backup and recovery for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud environments, Veeam now supports backup and recovery for all applications and data hosted on Nutanix AHV with Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV (VAN).
Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition offers an excellent introduction to the features and functionality of Veeam Backup & Replication. There is also a Veeam ONE Community Edition. Community Edition delivers the same functionality as Veeam Backup & Replication Standard Edition at no cost for up to 10 instances. Veeam ONE Community Edition delivers similar functionality as Veeam ONE and is available for free for up to 10 instances.
Compare the features of Community Edition.
Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam ONE and Veeam Backup Essentials can each be licensed in two ways:
Certain features may be offered only with Universal licensing due to the nature of the environment or workload.
VUL “Universal” licenses are portable Subscription licenses sold in bundles, and these license instances can be used across many products or workloads interchangeably. There are one- to five-year Instance licensing terms available, and customers can choose to purchase license bundles upfront or pay annually. Learn more about the portable VUL licenses.
Per-Socket licenses are licensed per CPU socket on hosts with virtual machines (VMs) (VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V only) to be backed up, replicated, monitored or reported on. A license is required for each occupied motherboard socket as reported by the hypervisor API.
Both of these products are licensed with the VUL universal license, with any VUL SKU. There is no longer a license SKU just for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux.
Effective at contract renewal or at the upgrade to v3, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux will use Veeam Universal License (VUL). Learn more about VUL here.
Your legacy license file will be working as-is for your current support term. However, this licensing option is no longer available, and you need to consider the following renewal options:
Customers can have an environment mixed with both perpetual and subscription licenses that is centrally managed. The products must be the same across all licenses (for Perpetual licensing the editions must also match). If you protect VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V VMs with perpetual per-socket licenses you must protect all vSphere/Hyper-V VMs with sockets in that environment, VUL licenses can be used for any other non-VM workload type.
Important Note: when merging Per-Socket and VUL licenses, be aware that the socket license dictates the edition and capability of the merged environment. For example: If you merge VAS ENT sockets with VAS VUL (ENT+), the environment is still ENT feature set. IN order to get ENT+ capabilities, users need to either a) Migrate Per-Socket licenses to VUL licenses or b) upgrade Per-Socket licenses to the preferred edition (likely ENT+).
If the product installation manages an environment of more than 50 instances, at the renewal of your subscription term, you can choose from the following options based on your business needs:
For your current subscription term, you can generate a new license file at no additional cost for the workloads you have. Attention! The centralized management option for more than 50 instances will only be available until your next renewal.
As a heavily discounted SMB offering, all new and renewed Veeam Backup Essentials (VBE) licenses will have some merge restrictions, but VBE socket licenses can be merged with VAS VUL licenses. If customer hits their maximum license limit, they are encouraged up upgrade to VAS or VBR.
Please contact the Veeam Renewals Team if you want to discuss your options early.
Customers with Per-socket licenses of Veeam Backup & Replication (or other product) who are current on maintenance and customers with Subscription licenses can upgrade to Veeam Availability Suite at a price that takes their original investment into consideration. Contact your Veeam sales representative to request the upgrade.
For Per-socket license holders, as part of the upgrade, you will receive one year of Basic support. Maintenance for your Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE licenses should be co-termed to facilitate a single-support expiration date for all components of your Veeam Availability Suite. For those interested in upgrading a Subscription / VUL license, support is already included.
To take advantage of all the integrated features in 9.5, you must be running 9.5 for both products.
Reference technical documentation for more details here.