In the ever-changing world of technology, open virtualization platforms are becoming more prevalent within our network landscapes. The importance to provide adequate protection for those open virtualization platforms, such as RHV/oVirt, Nutanix Acropolis, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM, KVM, and others, is paramount.
A common trend that you will start to see more of is the increased limitations being set around licensing structures. Nutanix’s Acropolis AHV is a great product and it now allows you to remove VMware from the equation, which certainly cuts down on cost tremendously. Now you can solely use Acropolis AHV, which is free. There is certainly a savings advantage when switching from VMware. However, if you are using Veeam, you are most likely accustomed to a socket-based pricing model. By switching away from VMware, you’ll be forced to switch up your licensing model to meet your existing environmental needs. What started as a cost-saving solution, has instead increased your overall costs substantially. You assume that you would be able to seamlessly switch your licenses over to the new structure, but unfortunately, that is not the case.
To further elaborate, Veeam’s licensing structure is now formulated around multiple different parameters of your environment, while limiting the socket-based pricing to just on-premise VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V. vProtect from Catalogic Software does not limit you based on your open virtualization platform or based on the details of your existing environment.
For Veeam pricing, you will also need to understand the different workloads of your environment, which VM’s, how many VM’s, as well as numerous other criteria.