Veeam Backup for AWS is licensed per protected instance. An instance is considered to be protected if it has a restore point (snapshot or backup) created by a backup policy during the past 31 days. Each protected instance consumes 1 license unit. However, if an instance has only manually created snapshots, it does not consume any license units.
Veeam Backup for AWS is available in 3 editions:
Veeam Backup for AWS operating in the Free edition allows you to protect up to 10 instances free of charge.
Veeam Backup for AWS operating in the Paid edition allows you to protect an unlimited number of instances.
In the Paid edition of the product, you are charged by AWS for instances that you actually protect. To track data protection operations on the backup appliance, Veeam Backup for AWS uses the AWS Marketplace Metering Service. Every hour, the backup server sends information on the current number of protected instances to AWS. The price for protected instances is included into the monthly AWS Cost and Usage report.
- BYOL (Bring Your Own License)
Veeam Backup for AWS operating in the BYOL edition allows you to use a Veeam Backup for AWS license with a certain number of license units to protect instances.
For details on how to obtain the license, contact a Veeam sales representative at Sales Inquiry. For details on how to install the license on the backup appliance, see Installing and Removing License. Note that if the license is not installed, Veeam Backup for AWS operates in the Free edition allowing you to protect up to 10 instances free of charge.
If you previously used the Free edition of the product for evaluation and testing purposes and want to switch to any of the commercial editions without reconfiguring the backup infrastructure, follow the steps described in this Veeam KB article.
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