Licensing of Standalone Backup Appliances

Veeam Backup for AWS is licensed per protected instance. An instance is defined as a single AWS resource — EC2 instance, RDS resource, DynamoDB table or EFS file system. 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 or backups, it does not consume any license units.


If an instance has not been backed up within the past 31 days, Veeam Backup for AWS automatically revokes the license unit from the instance. If you need to manually revoke a license unit, follow the instructions provided in section Revoking License Units.

Product Editions

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. Note that this edition does not support indexing of EFS file systems.

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 the number of 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 appliance sends information on the current number of protected instances to AWS. The billing for the 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 protect the number of instances equivalent to the number of units specified in your license.

Veeam Backup for AWS BYOL edition can be licensed using either the Veeam Universal License (VUL) or a separate product license that can be obtained by contacting a Veeam sales representative at Sales Inquiry.


If you plan to use the Veeam Universal License (VUL), consider that only the subscription license type is supported.

When the license expires, Veeam Backup for AWS offers a grace period to ensure a smooth license update and to provide sufficient time to install a new license file. The duration of the grace period is 31 days after the expiration of the license. During this period, you can perform all types of data protection and disaster recovery operations. After the grace period is over, Veeam Backup for AWS stops processing all instances and disables all scheduled backup policies. You must update your license before the end of the grace period.

For details on how to install the license on the backup appliance, see Installing and Removing License.