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Veeam Universal License (VUL)

Veeam has launched a convenient licensing model called Veeam Universal License (VUL). It will be a license with the capability of the “Enterprise plus” level. This is a subscription-based model where you can buy the license in bundles of 10 instances. Instance means a physical server, workstation, or virtual machine workload running either on-premise, cloud or any combination of these.

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

Servers                                 : Microsoft Windows and Linux

Workstations                    : Microsoft Windows and Linux

Cloud Instances/VMs    : AWS, Azure and more

Enterprise Applications: SAP HANA & Oracle RMAN

File shares                          : 250GB front end capacity per license (coming soon with v10)

How is VUL sold?

*VUL Subscription licenses are sold as Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Essentials. These options give users the ability to protect cloud, virtual and physical workloads, on-premises or in the cloud.VUL is sold in bundles of 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          : Bundle of 10 instance licenses includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE
  • Veeam Backup & Replication VUL : Bundle of 10 instance licenses
  • Veeam Backup Essentials VUL        : Bundle of 10 instance licenses

Check the latest VUL pricing calculator at Veeam which can help you compare different editions and possibilities.

What about other licenses?

Now you may be thinking about what will happen to the old license you have purchased, don’t worry. Veeam offers many great options for migrating and upgrading any of your existing licenses to VUL, regardless of your existing contract.

Perpetual socket-based licensing is not going away! It still remains an option for customers looking to protect VMware and Hyper-V VMs on-premises. With VUL, Per-Socket customers will get more flexibility in merging Per-Socket licenses with VUL Per-Workload licenses. With v10, you will be able to install both licenses in the product without the need to match editions. However, just like before, be aware that the Socket license edition will dictate the feature capability of the entire environment — so now is a great time to migrate that Socket license to VUL for more features and improved flexibility!

And for those only using Per-Socket licenses today, we’ll continue providing 1 VUL license per protected socket (up to a max of 6) to kick the tires. With these gifted licenses, you can protect a few servers, workstations, cloud workloads, enterprise apps — and with v10, even your NAS – at no cost and with no strings attached.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 and Veeam Availability Orchestrator will continue to be licensed using their existing subscription licenses and aren’t yet a part of VUL.

What Changes In Community Edition?

Good news for community-based edition users, which are able to upgrade to Veeam’s lowest cost license with support and get an additional 10 instances. The license is called “Starter” and it covers 20 instances and offers support. The starter is a step up from Community Edition as it doubles the environment size of Community Edition for up to 20 workloads and puts your deployment on our Basic support program. The starter is intended to protect critical data for small businesses of up to 100 employees, and it starts at just $400 USD per year for 10 licenses with Standard edition capability.

Reference:-  Official VUL FAQ.

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