License Exempt Scenarios
Active Restore Points Previous Calendar Month
Per the Veeam Licensing Policy, Veeam products measure usage within a given payment period based on the latest restore point. If a given workload does not have at least one restore point created by Veeam within the last 31 days, then that workload will not consume a rental license for that month.
For example, if you backed up a VM every day from January 1, 2019 through March 15th, 2019, but then stopped backing up that workload, it will stop showing up on your monthly rental usage reports beginning the first of May (representing your April usage month).
For Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Cloud Connect, the License Management screen will note machines that have been processed for the first time within the current calendar month as “New Instances” (previously known as “New VMs”). For example, if you added and backed up a VM on February 15, 2020 then this machine will be tagged as a “New Instance” for your February usage (reported and billed in March).
To afford service providers more flexibility when offering trial periods for processing new machines, these New Instances will not consume a license. Furthermore, you do not need to report usage of New Instances on that month’s rental usage report.
You may find information about this function in this Veeam Cloud Connect Administrator Guide article (note: this offering is not specific to Veeam Cloud Connect).
Introduced in Veeam Cloud Connect 9.5 Update 3, this licensing scenario offers Veeam Cloud Connect Backup free for service providers offering end-to-end Backup as a Service. This is represented in two scenarios:
- If you are an MSP offering your own remote managed services for Veeam Backup & Replication or the Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux, AND a hosting your own Cloud Connect Backup offering, then your Veeam Cloud Connect Backup VMs, Servers and Workstations will be FREE. Moreover, a Veeam Instance License will not be consumed.
- If you are a Cloud Connect Backup provider, AND your channel partner uses a VCSP rental license to offer remote managed services for Veeam Backup & Replication or the Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux, then those Veeam Cloud Connect Backup VMs, Servers and Workstations will not consume a Veeam Instance License and you do not report/pay for usage.
For more information about this licensing model, especially as it relates to tenant tracking and backwards compatibility versions, refer to this Veeam Cloud Connect Administrator Guide article.