Veeam Backup for GCP is licensed by the number of protected VM instances. A VM 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 VM instance consumes 1 license unit. However, if a VM instance has only manually created snapshots, it does not consume any license units.
If a VM instance has not been backed up within the past 31 days, Veeam Backup for GCP automatically revokes the license unit from the VM instance. If you need to manually revoke a license unit, follow the instructions provided in section Revoking License Units.
Veeam Backup for GCP is available in 2 license editions:
- Free License
By default, Veeam Backup for GCP operates in the Free edition that allows you to protect up to 10 VM instances free of charge.
- BYOL (Bring Your Own License)
The BYOL (Bring You Own License) edition is a subscription-based license that expires at the end of the subscription term. The maximum number of VM instances managed by Veeam Backup for GCP depends on the number of units specified in your license. To learn how to obtain the license, contact a Veeam sales representative at Sales Inquiry.
When the license expires, Veeam Backup for GCP 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 30 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 GCP stops processing all VM instances and disables all scheduled backup policies. You must update your license before the end of the grace period.
To learn how to install and update the license, see Installing and Removing License.