February 19th, 2019 by Michael Rink
Veeam Introduces Instance Licensing
Veeam is converting their subscription licenses to an instance licensing scheme. This does not affect perpetual licensing, but for the first time, Veeam will now allow customers to have both Perpetual and Instance Subscription licensing in the same centrally managed environment.
Veeam lists several products and workloads that the new instance licensing definitely applies to. For products, Veeam specifies Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup and Replication, Veeam Backup Essentials, Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux, and Veeam Availability for AWS while leaving open the possibility of it being used with other products too. Notably, Veeam is planning to move the following product to instance licensing sometime this year: Veeam Management Pack, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, Availability, Veeam Agents for IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris. However, instance licensing is only available if those products are running on Virtual Machines – VMware, Hyper-V & Nutanix AHV, Cloud Workloads – AWS EC2 and more, Physical Servers & Workstations – Microsoft Windows and Linux, or Enterprise Applications – Veeam Plug-in for Oracle RMAN & SAP HANA. Customers with existing subscription licenses will be converted to instance licensing when upgrading to update 4 or renewing their contract.
New customers must buy bundles of 10 licenses at a time (or 5 at a time for Backup Essentials). Veeam has a calculator to help determine how many licenses you need. Most Workloads with Enterprise Plus Edition require one license, which would be simple. However, both Enterprise and Standard require additional instances for some environments. For example, Standard Edition requires thirty licenses for ten server environments which works out to 3 licenses per server with that edition.
What benefits does this change bring to customers? It allows them to move workloads between environments without needing to buy additional licenses. Now, customers will be able to move a workload that was on a workstation to a VM and move the VM license along with it at no additional cost instead of needing to buy a new license for the new environment. Veeam is also adding support for having both Perpetual and Instance Subscription licensing in the same centrally managed environment. Veeam is also claiming to have bundled 24.7.365 Production Support for the entire term of your license at no extra cost into the new instance licensing scheme. Veeam also notes that they will not be charging additional fees for cloud workloads.