Veeam adds key improvements to its already portable licensing, making protecting critical workloads, applications and valuable information easier than ever.

You have complex environments that are always growing, changing and expanding: Physical, bare metal or virtualized, on premises or cloud, or any combination of these. Our goal at Veeam is to make protecting your data simple, no matter the workload or the location, and this extends to licensing too. Which is why we’ve been on a mission toward complete license portability and are proud to expand that promise even further with the NEW Veeam Universal License.

“VUL LUV”

We heard your feedback on our first iteration of portable licensing loud and clear, Veeam Instance Licensing (VIL) had some room for improvement. This is why on Oct. 1, we have improved, simplified and upgraded the VIL solution into a new solution called the Veeam Universal License, or VUL. VUL takes all the portability benefits of VIL, and extends that further, into one fully featured, universal edition that makes buying and using portable licenses even easier. As a bonus, VUL offers the full Enterprise Plus edition feature set at a discount of up to 33%. More capability, more flexibility and a lower price! VUL provides the flexibility to choose what to protect, when you need to protect it, no matter where that workload is located:

VMs: VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V & Nutanix AHV

Servers: Microsoft Windows and Linux

Workstations: Microsoft Windows and Linux

Cloud Instances/VMs: AWS, Azure and more

Enterprise Applications: SAP HANA & Oracle RMAN

File shares: 250GB front end capacity per license (coming soon with v10)

Effective immediately, all purchases of Veeam subscription licensing for products in the Veeam Availability Suite portfolio will be licensed with VUL. That means Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows & Linux, Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV, Veeam Enterprise Plug-ins for Oracle and SAP and much more will leverage VUL.

Some of you savvy Veeam users also know what’s right around the corner. You’ve heard us talking about various upcoming features in v10, many that require a portable license. We’re paving the way for a better experience for the v10 release, thus the reason we’re making these improvements right now. One feature we know everyone is excited about is our seriously powerful NAS Backup, which will use VUL and protect 250GB front end capacity per license.

Simplified. Improved. Universal.

Portability is the foundation of Veeam’s licensing efforts, and we are excited to bring many great updates and improvements to our subscription licensing solution. Veeam made huge strides in ensuring our customers have portability in their licensing with VIL and we’ve witnessed huge adoption because of the overarching benefits of portability, flexibility, and protecting against customers being locked-in to long term contracts. Now, we’re excited to be taking those benefits up another notch by making this license solution even better in a variety of ways, thus the change to Universal!

  • Universal: VUL is now fully-featured — no more editions to juggle
  • Simple: No more confusing weighting tables, as every workload consumes one license
  • Improved: Merge options allow you to combine products more easily

How is VUL sold?

Just like before, VUL is sold in bundles of 10 licenses, as a subscription with terms from 1 to 5 years. Depending on your workloads and the size of your business, Veeam has a solution that fits your needs including the options shown below:

  • Veeam Availability Suite VUL: $1500 usd/yr for 10 licenses
    • Includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE
  • Veeam Backup & Replication VUL: $1200 usd/yr for 10 licenses
  • Veeam Backup Essentials VUL: $800 usd/yr for 10 licenses
    • Veeam Availability Suite packaged for SMBs < 250 employees

Check out our updated pricing calculator for more details.

Is there anything else?

Maybe you’ve tried Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition and love it, but you need to protect more workloads and have access to technical support, patches and updates?  Well, you’re in luck! We are pleased to announce the arrival of Veeam Backup Starter. Starter is a step up from Community Edition as it doubles the environment size of Community Edition for up to 20 workloads and puts your deployment on our Basic support program. Starter is intended to protect critical data for small businesses of up to 100 employees, and it starts at just $400 USD per year for 10 licenses with Standard edition capability.  Check it out!

What about other licenses?

Perpetual Socket-based licensing is not going away! It still remains an option for customers looking to protect VMware and Hyper-V VMs on premises. With VUL, Per-Socket customers will get more flexibility in merging Per-Socket licenses with VUL Per-Workload licenses. With v10, you will be able to install both licenses in the product without the need to match editions. However, just like before, be aware that the Socket license edition will dictate the feature capability of the entire environment — so now is a great time to migrate that Socket license to VUL for more features and improved flexibility!

And for those only using Per-Socket licenses today, we’ll continue providing 1 VUL license per protected socket (up to a max of 6) to kick the tires. With these gifted licenses, you can protect a few servers, workstations, cloud workloads, enterprise apps — and with v10, even your NAS – at no cost and with no strings attached.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 and Veeam Availability Orchestrator will continue to be licensed using their existing subscription licenses and aren’t yet a part of VUL.

Take advantage of VUL today!

Experience the “VUL LUV” for yourself today and get ready for Veeam Availability Suite v10!  With one portable licensing solution, VUL gives you access to all the features offered in Veeam Availability Suite, at a lower cost with greater flexibility.

Veeam offers many great options for migrating and upgrading any of your existing licenses to VUL, regardless of your existing contract. Click here to learn your options now, or contact your Veeam or Partner representative for the latest details available to you!

Also, check out the latest VUL pricing calculator and take advantage of the new lower price for protecting almost every workload. We think you’ll agree that VUL is an improved way to license all workloads in a portable, easy-to-use solution. We encourage you to get started with VUL today!

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