Introducing the Veeam Universal License!

update notice:
The information in this blog post has been updated on February 25, 2022.

Veeam expands its portable licensing, making protecting all critical workloads, applications and valuable information, on premises and in the cloud, 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 Veeam Universal License (VUL). Launched in 2019, VUL is the leading license for protecting all workloads.


On Oct. 1, 2019 we improved, simplified and upgraded previous licensing solutions into a new unified solution called the Veeam Universal License. VUL combines the benefits of portability and simplicity, into one fully featured, universal edition that makes buying and using Veeam even easier. 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 and Red Hat Virtualization

Servers: Microsoft Windows, Linux and Unix

Workstations: Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS

Cloud Instances/VMs/DBs: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and beyond

Enterprise Applications: SAP HANA, Oracle RMAN, PostgreSQL and Microsoft

NAS/File shares: 500GB front end capacity per license (with v11)

All Veeam Backup & Replication features and capabilities are licensed with VUL. That includes Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Essentials.

VUL is required for all of the following: Veeam Backup for AWS/Azure/Google Cloud, Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows/Linux/macOS/Unix, NAS/File Shares, Nutanix AHV, Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Veeam Enterprise Plug-ins for Oracle and SAP and much more. It’s also recommended as the best option to protect virtual machines from VMware and Hyper-V too due to being fully featured and portable.

Portable. Flexible. 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 and we’ve witnessed huge adoption in the past 2.5 years because of the overarching benefits of portability, flexibility, and protecting against customers being locked-in to long-term contracts.

How is VUL sold?

As always, VUL is sold in bundles of 5-10 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: 10 licenses 
    • Includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE 
  • Veeam Backup & Replication VUL: 10 licenses
  • Veeam Backup Essentials VUL: 5 Licenses (Maximum 50 licenses)
    • Solution for small business: includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE.

For those who need CapEx, VUL is also available in a perpetual transaction type as well.

What about other licenses?

Perpetual socket-based licenses will no longer be sold effective July 1, 2022, but will continue to operate! Sockets were sold for VMware and Hyper-V functionality on premises only. These licenses will continue to be functional, but their overall limitation is apparent. Veeam Backup & Replication has received so many features for cloud-native backups, NAS, physical workloads and enterprise apps that cannot be protected with socket-based licenses in the several releases since 2018 (V10, V11, V11A, etc). It is time to move on to VUL. 

Socket licenses will continue to function, and socket-license customers will be able to use them after July 1, including for subsequent releases. Merging sockets with VUL licenses is still an option. However, be aware that the socket-license edition will dictate the feature capability of the entire environment. Also, when sockets exist in an environment, all VMware and Hyper-V workloads must be protected with that socket license. It’s not allowed to protect some VMs with a socket and others with a VUL.

One way to keep licensing simple is to migrate that Socket license to VUL for more features and improved flexibility for all workloads anywhere!

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator, and Kasten K10 will continue to be licensed using their existing subscription licenses, and aren’t a part of VUL at this time.

Take advantage of VUL today!

Experience the “VUL LUV” for yourself today and be prepared for what lies ahead in your data protection journey! 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!

We think you’ll agree that VUL is the best way to license all workloads in a portable, easy-to-use solution. We encourage you to take advantage of all that VUL offers today!

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