Veeam Cloud Connect License
To enable the Veeam Cloud Connect functionality, the SP must install the Veeam Cloud Connect license on the SP backup server. For SPs, the Veeam Cloud Connect functionality is licensed per instance. Instances are units (or tokens) that the SP can use to protect tenant workloads. The SP must obtain a license for the total number of instances that is sufficient to protect tenant workloads.
The SP can use instances in the license to protect tenant workloads of the following types:
- Cloud Connect VMs — VMs backed up to a cloud repository by backup jobs configured in Veeam Backup & Replication.
- Cloud Connect Replicas — VMs replicated to a cloud host by replication jobs configured in Veeam Backup & Replication.
- Cloud Connect Workstations — physical or virtual workstations backed up to a cloud repository by Veeam Agent backup jobs configured Veeam Agent or Veeam Backup & Replication.
- Cloud Connect Servers — physical or virtual servers backed up to a cloud repository by Veeam Agent backup jobs configured in Veeam Agent or Veeam Backup & Replication.
The Veeam Cloud Connect license is consumed by protected workloads. A protected workload is a virtual or physical machine that has at least one restore point created by a tenant in the past 31 days. Every protected workload consumes instances in the license. The number of instances that a workload requires depends on the workload type. For more information, see Veeam Rental Licensing and Usage Reporting Guide.
This licensing model allows the SP to obtain a license with a certain number of instances without knowing in advance what types of workloads tenants plan to protect.
Consider the following:
- Some Veeam products (such as Veeam ONE and Veeam Service Provider Console) use the point term for rental license units. One point consumed in a rental license installed in these products equals one instance consumed in a rental license installed in Veeam Backup & Replication.
- The Veeam Cloud Connect license does not allow to back up and replicate VMs with the jobs configured on the SP Veeam backup server. If the SP has used such scenario with previous versions of Veeam Backup & Replication, they must follow the SP Veeam backup server split procedure. To learn more, see this Veeam KB article.
- Combining regular Veeam backup infrastructure and Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure on the same backup server is supported only for the Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise scenario. For more information, see this Veeam webpage.
- If a tenant has a Rental Veeam Backup & Replication license installed on the tenant backup server, Veeam Backup & Replication does not consider tenant machines processed by backup and/or backup copy jobs as protected workloads. Instead, Veeam Backup & Replication treats such machines as rental machines. In contrast to protected workloads, rental machines consume the tenant license and do not consume the SP license. To learn more, see Rental Machines Licensing.
- The SP can also obtain and install a Free Veeam Service Provider Console license on the Veeam Cloud Connect server (that is, the SP backup server). A license of this type is intended for SPs who want to use the Veeam Cloud Connect server only for Remote Monitoring and Management with Veeam Service Provider Console or for offering SaaS Data Protection with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365.
To provide more flexibility and introduce a trial period for tenant workload processing, Veeam Backup & Replication offers the concept of new workloads. New workloads are workloads that were processed for the first time within the current calendar month. For example, Veeam Backup & Replication processes 7 machines in November. In December, Veeam Backup & Replication processes the same 7 machines plus 2 new machines. In December, these 2 machines are considered as new workloads.
New workloads are counted separately from existing workloads and do not consume instances in the license during the month when they were introduced. On the first day of the new month, the number of instances related to new workloads is added to the total number of used instances, and the new instances counter is reset. New workloads are included in a license usage report for informational purposes.
The Veeam Cloud Connect license period is set in accordance with the chosen licensing program.
To ensure a smooth license update procedure, Veeam Backup & Replication offers to the SP a 60-day grace period after the license expires. Upon license expiration, the SP can process all tenant workloads for the duration of the grace period.
During the grace period, Veeam Backup & Replication will show a warning that the SP needs to update the license.
- During the first month of a grace period, a message box is displayed once a week when the Veeam Backup & Replication console opens.
- During the second month, a message box is displayed each time the Veeam Backup & Replication console opens.
After the grace period is over, tenant workloads are no longer processed. To continue using Veeam Backup & Replication, the SP must purchase a new license.
The grace period is also valid for situations when the number instances used by tenant workloads exceeds the total number of licensed instances. To learn more, see Exceeding License Limit.
In some situations, the number of used instances may exceed the license limit. For example, this may happen when some machines are temporarily processed for testing reasons and stop being processed after some time.
For the Veeam Cloud Connect license, Veeam Backup & Replication allows the SP to manage up to 20 more instances or 20% more instances (depending on which number is greater) than specified in the license, plus the number of new instances from the previous calendar month. Consider the following examples:
- The licensed number of instances is 50, during the previous calendar month the SP processed 10 new instances. In this case, the license limit may be exceeded by 30 instances — 10 new instances from the previous month plus 20 instances (20 is greater than 10, which makes 20% of 50).
- The licensed number of instances is 200, during the previous calendar month the SP processed 10 new instances. In this case, the license limit may be exceeded by 50 instances — 10 new instances from the previous month plus 40 instances (40 makes 20% of 200 and is greater than 20).
Until the license limit is not exceeded for more than 20% or 20 instances, plus the number of new instances from the previous month, Veeam Backup & Replication continues to process all protected workloads with no restrictions. Newly added workloads are processed on the First In First Out basis when free license slots appear due to older workloads no longer being processed.
When the license is exceeded by more than 10% or 10 instances, Veeam Backup & Replication displays a notification with the number of exceeded instances and the number of instances by which the license can be further exceeded. Veeam Backup & Replication displays this warning once a week when backup console opens.
If the license limit is exceeded for more than 20% or 20 instances, plus the number of new instances from the previous month, all workloads that use instances exceeding the licensed number plus the allowed increase are no longer processed. Each time the backup console opens, Veeam Backup & Replication displays a notification with the number of instances by which the license is exceeded.