Veeam Software offers the following types of paid licenses for Veeam Backup & Replication:
- Perpetual license — permanent full license. The perpetual license term is normally 10 years from the date of license issue. The support and maintenance period included with the license is specified in months or years. Typically, one year of basic support and maintenance is included with the perpetual license.
- Subscription license — full license that expires at the end of the subscription term. The subscription license term is normally 1-3 years from the date of license issue.
- Rental license — full license with the license expiration date set according to the chosen rental program (normally 1-12 months from the date of license issue). The rental license can be automatically updated upon expiration.
The following terms apply to Veeam Backup & Replication paid licenses:
Per socket/per VM
Per socket/per VM (for end-users, Subscription Per-VM licenses are available in Veeam Backup & Replication Update 3 and later)
In addition to paid licenses, Veeam Backup & Replication offers two types of free licenses:
- Trial license — license used for product evaluation. The trial license is valid for 30 days from the moment of product download.
- NFR license — license used for product demonstration, training and education. The person to whom the license is provided agrees that the license is not for resell or commercial use.
For the Backup as a Service scenario when the SP controls the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure on the tenant side and manages tenant's VMs, the SP must install on the tenant's Veeam backup server a Hosting license. Depending on the license period and auto update terms, there are two types of Hosting license:
- Hosting Perpetual license — permanent full license with the license expiration date normally set to 10 years from the date of issue. This type of license does not support automatic update.
- Hosting Rental license — full license with the license expiration date set according to the chosen rental program (normally from 1 to 12 months from the date of issue) that can be automatically updated upon expiration.
For more information, see Hosting Licenses.
Veeam licenses Veeam Backup & Replication in two ways:
- By the number of CPU sockets on managed hosts. You must obtain a license for every occupied motherboard socket as reported by the hypervisor API.
License is required only for source hosts — hosts on which VMs that you back up or replicate reside. Target hosts (for replication and migration jobs) do not need to be licensed.
- By the number of protected VMs. You must obtain a license for the total number of VMs that you plan to protect — back up, replicate, copy or for which you plan to create VeeamZIP files.
- VMs processed by snapshot-only jobs are regarded as protected VMs.
- VMs processed with backup copy and tape jobs are not regarded as protected VMs, these types of jobs provide an additional protection level for VMs that are already protected with backup jobs.
- VM templates are licensed as regular VMs.
Veeam Backup & Replication keeps track of the number of protected VMs. If the number of protected VMs exceeds the number of licensed VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication displays a warning when you open the product console.
For more information, see https://www.veeam.com/backup-licensing-faq.html and https://www.veeam.com/essentials-licensing-faq.html.