Starting the beginning of January 2021 we're going to see Veeam simplify the license offerings available to customers.
Historically Veeam have always offered a "per socket" perpetual licensing model, which was great when we were just considering protecting our vSphere & Hyper-V infrastructure, but as Veeam has grown and produced additional feature capabilities such as NAS Backup, Cloud-native Backups for AWS and Azure and Physical server and workstation protection options, this licensing model hasn't suited them all.
Then Veeam introduced the Veeam Universal License (VUL) subscription, streamlining the licensing experience for customers by offering a "per workload" backup model, allowing customers to mix and match different products as part of their overall Veeam licensing. This license becomes increasingly appealing as customers wish to test adoption of different clouds, they protect their workloads, regardless of whether they are physical, cloud or virtual.
Earlier this year, Veeam then took the next step and introduced Veeam Universal License Perpetual to customers. This offers the same benefits of VUL subscription to customers that prefer the traditional "Capex" model. Customers can use this to pay for VUL Perpetual upfront and with annual ongoing maintenance instead of a complete annual Op-Ex approach.
While the VUL license options, whether transacted via subscription or perpetually, seem straightforward for new customers: Buy one fully featured license and use it wherever. It may create confusion for customers who have been in the Veeam eco-system for some time. Although the VUL licenses are fully featured with full support, existing customers may be accustomed to selecting from 3 different tiers of the old socket license to determine which version is best and then may need to pay hefty uplift prices if additional features are required at a later date or 24x7 support is now required. VUL solves this conflict.
What “edition” is the VUL license? While Veeam customers have been trained that the “Enterprise Plus” edition is the top tier, aligning back to the early days of VMware editions, the VUL license really has no edition designation. It is fully featured, with new features, capabilities and support for new environments being added regularly. The VUL license, offers all of the capabilities of the Enterprise Plus edition socket, plus much more including support for: cloud workloads, physical workloads, NAS, enterprise apps and even more.
In 2021, to align with the VUL offerings Veeam is now going to be offering just one “edition” of the legacy Per Socket license option for Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite, Enterprise Plus with Production (24x7) Support. While this per-socket license isn’t as capable as the VUL license, it does eliminate much of the confusion of having multiple editions.
Which is right for you? Well, most often, the answer is going to be the VUL license. It provides the most capability supporting all the features of all supported hypervisors, physical workloads, cloud workloads, NAS and even more things in the future. Not to mention the added capabilities across multi-cloud ecosystems. Furthermore, VUL is the most portable solution available, allowing you to apply the licenses to your environment and meet your evolving backup and recovery needs as you see fit. The Socket license is only for on premises and is limited to supporting only 2 hypervisors with no cloud, physical or NAS support.
Now, let’s see what else is in store for us at the v11 launch.
- I already have socket licenses, do I have to upgrade?
No, there are no plans to require customers to migrate to a higher version of edition or support contract. Even if purchasing additional socket licenses
- I have an expired support contract, can I renew at my same version?
If within a year of deactivation, these can be renewed.
- I migrated to VUL, can I move back?
No, you can purchase new licenses if this suits moving forward.
- What happens if I don't renew VUL Perpetual?
Without a support contract you won't be entitled to receive technical support, licensing assistance or any software updates.
- Can I mix and match VUL Perpetual & VUL Subscription?
No, not within the same environment.