As the market shifts more increasingly to multi-cloud and hybrid environments, which is based on the foundation of portability, subscription-type licensing is becoming the expectation. Veeam has made the commitment to customers to offer more and more products via a subscription model. The benefits of this model for customers include:
Veeam’s new Universal licensing is a subscription model that can be used universally, providing users with an added element of PORTABILITY, making the jump to cloud and hybrid environments even easier without any additional “cloud” fees.
Universal licenses are sold for a defined duration, from 1-5 year terms, and can be used across a variety of Veeam products and workload types interchangeably. This licensing offers all of the benefits of a traditional Subscription-style license, such as starting small, no lock-in, pay for what you use and adopting a cloud-friendly OpEx budgeting model.
But there are many more benefits to Universal licensing that separates it from traditional subscriptions. You no longer have to purchase licenses “by product” OR “by specific workload type”, such as VM, server, workstation or cloud VM. This new model makes a variety of products available more easily. That’s right: subscription licenses can be used across multiple products and workloads, Virtual, Physical and Cloud, so you aren’t tied to a license-type or product that you don’t need. We call that PORTABILITY!
Use what you want, when you need it. This license portability also simplifies ordering and license management, reducing the complexity of managing various SKUs by product or workload type.
A workload can be a Virtual Machine, Physical Server, Enterprise Application, Cloud VM, or a File Share. With VUL, customers use licenses to protect any workload they need, and the licenses are portable. Customers purchase licenses, generally sold in bundles of 10, and can use those licenses to protect various workloads.
The number of licenses generally needed equates to the number of workloads you are looking to protect. Most every workload requires only 1 license instance, with the exception of protecting workstations/endpoints, where 1 license will protect 3 workstations. The best way to see how many licenses you need is with our Universal License configurator. Select the product and enter your workloads and the term of your choice.
VUL licenses are sold in minimum bundles of 10. If the minimum purchase requirement of 10 licenses is a barrier, we suggest trying Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition, which protects 10 workloads for free.
Veeam Universal License is used to protect many workloads, and some workloads require VUL. So what do you need to purchase?
Commercial & Enterprise
You purchase VUL licenses in bundles of 10 licenses (aka license instances). With one- to five-year options, you can choose the term and payment schedule that meets your needs. Pay upfront or pay annually. When the license expires, you must renew the license to continue usage of the subscription. All licenses include 24.7.365 Production Support, except Starter, which includes basic support.
VUL can be used for a variety of uses today, and the list is growing. Effectively, these licenses can be used for most workload types, including VMs and cloud-based VMs, physical servers and workstations, and enterprise application plugins. The list below shows the type of workloads that are available today:
At this time, the following products are still sold using individual Subscription licenses instead of the portable subscription license:
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 Veeam Availability Suite Enterprise sockets with Veeam Availability Suite VUL (Enterprise Plus), the environment is still Enterprise feature set. In order to get Enterprise Plus capabilities, users need to either a) Migrate Per-Socket licenses to VUL licenses or b) Upgrade Per-Socket licenses to the preferred edition (likely Enterprise Plus).
Veeam Availability Suite can merge socket and universal licenses into one centrally managed environment.
Veeam Backup & Replication can merge socket and universal licenses into one centrally managed environment.
Veeam Backup Essentials cannot merge per-socket and universal licenses, but there are two options. Essentials sockets can be merged with Veeam Availability Suite VUL or Essentials can be upgraded to Veeam Availability Suite to accomplish central management and license merge.
This process will be handled in 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.
Click on the Get New Licenses button in My Account. Select the products you want to upgrade, click download and you’re done.
Purchase Veeam Availability Suite universal licenses. Veeam Availability Suite offers both the data protection of Veeam Backup & Replication for Virtual, Physical and Cloud workloads as well as the Monitoring and Analytics of Veeam ONE in one Suite. Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux are now a module within Veeam Backup & Replication.
For example, VUL licenses will allow protection and monitoring of 5 VMs and 5 Server Agents using 10 total licenses. Customers are not charged additional licenses for monitoring.
Customers can migrate from per-socket licenses to VUL subscription licensing by purchasing a promotional migration SKU. This SKU is to be used for existing customers with per-socket licenses looking to convert to Subscription VUL licenses. Purchasing this SKU extends support on the Perpetual license for one or two years and converts the contract from perpetual to subscription licenses. Any added workloads required by the customer beyond the migration limit must be purchased using VUL subscription pricing. All migrated per-socket licenses must be destroyed by the end user. Customers can purchase a two-year upfront SKU or renew annually for a period of one or two total years during the migration period. After this period, all migrated licenses will be renewed using VUL license pricing. Any product that is migrated from Per-socket (perpetual) to VUL (subscription) must be done for the full number of sockets in the customer’s total environment, regardless of individual contracts for that product. Partial migrations are not permitted.
Interested in more details? Contact your preferred Reseller or Veeam Sales Rep for more information.