While evaluating any product, one of the core factors that come into consideration is cost.
In the case of a data protection product, licensing can be based on multiple factors such as features, amount of data to be backed up, maintenance needs, number of servers to protect, amount of total backend storage used, etc. Evaluating such products for your requirements while keeping costs in mind can be a challenging task.
With Backup Exec 21, we have further simplified pricing/licensing with the introduction of Instance-Based metering. An instance is defined as a protected Windows, Linux, Unix, or NAS instance, such as a virtual machine, a cloud computing instance, or a physical system in the datacenter.
Data growth is no longer a concern
Data growth is one of the biggest challenges today, and so is the challenge of backing up that growing data. Unlike Capacity-based licensing, data growth is no longer a concern if you use Instance-Based licensing. For environments with considerable data growth, this new licensing model will be a cost-effective solution.
Convenient for multi-site deployments
Licenses on an instance basis can also be allocated across multiple Backup Exec Servers with a minimum of 1 instance per Backup Exec Server. This helps users optimally use the purchased licenses by distributing across the Backup Exec servers as needed.
Easy to determine the licensing you need
Now all you need to know is the number and types of resources that you want to protect. The instances are bundled in packs of 10. An example is given below on how the bundles can be purchased according to your environment.
The environment in this example consists of hypervisor clusters hosting a few virtual machines and file servers. The license requirement is simply 1 instance for 1 resource that is being backed up.
Usage stats and alerts
A widget on the console screen shows the current usage status to user, so you can keep track of your licensing. Alerts are also generated when the Instance usage reaches a user-defined threshold.