Veeam® Backup Essentials™ delivers fast, reliable and affordable backup and recovery for ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud (including VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper‑V) — from a single management console. It combines the backup, restore and replication capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication™ with the advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning functionality of Veeam ONE™. Designed for smaller businesses with less than 250 employees and environments no larger than 6 CPU sockets or 50 instances, Veeam Backup Essentials delivers the same enterprise-level functionality as Veeam Availability Suite™ with considerable savings.
Veeam Backup Essentials is offered in three product editions — Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.
Veeam Backup Essentials can be purchased in two ways:
Certain features may be offered only with Instance licensing due to the nature of the environment or workload.
Perpetual licenses of Veeam Backup Essentials are licensed in CPU sockets (2-socket bundles) on hosts with virtual machines (VMs) to be backed up, replicated, monitored or reported on. A license is required for each occupied motherboard socket as reported by the hypervisor API.
Instance licenses of Veeam Backup Essentials are portable Subscription licenses sold in bundles of instances (from 10 to 50 instances) and packaged in 5-instance bundles. There are one- to five-year Instance licensing terms available, and customers can choose to purchase Instance license bundles upfront or pay annually. Learn more about portable Instance licensing.
This process will be handled in the user portal under My Account. Customers will be notified in My Account that they have 90 days to update. This includes customers who have some Perpetual licenses and some agent Server / Workstation licenses.
The upgrade process is easy: Go to My Account, select “Get New Licenses,” choose the proper account if you have multiple, then select your product(s) and, last, select Download License for each product you need to upgrade. Then, you are finished.
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:
Note: Veeam Backup Essentials is a heavily discounted SMB offering and can manage a maximum of 50 Instance licenses per environment / installation. Please refer to the licensing policy for details.
Instance licenses of Veeam Backup Essentials are sold in bundles of 5 instances with a minimum order of 10 instances (two bundles) and 50 instances maximum. Veeam Backup Essentials is a heavily discounted product specifically designed for SMB customers and is capped at a max of 50 instances per environment / installation. After we convert your legacy contract(s) to the VIL model, your workloads might exceed this cap.
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 licenses will be restricted from merging with any other product licenses, per the licensing policy.
Check the size of your environment with the Veeam Instance Calculator.
Please contact the Veeam Renewals Team if you want to discuss your options early.
No, only one edition (Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus) can be used in the same physical location. Furthermore, all licensed editions must be the same across multiple locations to manage them through one Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
This requirement applies to all Veeam Backup Essentials deployments, including multi-hypervisor environments and environments that include some Perpetual and some Instance licenses.
Current customers who wish to upgrade to Enterprise or Enterprise Plus must upgrade all current licenses to receive a merged license file.
You have four options: First, you can license Veeam Backup Essentials perpetually for 6 sockets to determine if this arrangement provides proper protection for your environment. If your environment has outgrown this scenario, then licensing either Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication is your best option. Both products are offered for the difference in price between the product you’re upgrading from (Veeam Backup Essentials) to the price of the product you’re upgrading to (either Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication), and all sockets and instances can be centrally managed. A fourth option is to purchase an additional license of Veeam Backup Essentials and manage this installation separately.
It is recommended that organizations currently holding licenses for Veeam Backup Essentials and any individually licensed Veeam product contact a Veeam sales representative to discuss appropriate upgrade options.