marama wrote:So if I got it right, Veeam is not allowing mixing of editions not because of forcing the people to pay for features they wouldn't use, but because they forgot (?) to implement the technical mechanism that would prevent people using features they haven't payed for?
No, we have not "forgot", but rather never even considered this due to lack of requests to mixing multiple editions in completely separate installs. It's was just me brainstorming how mixing COULD have been allowed potentially, in response to your request.
Yes, I consider this a feature request, just like encryption for example. We have not "forgot" encryption either - we just waited to get enough feature requests before deciding to invest in implementing one. And this was a totally right bet: we identified the real need for this feature correctly, as the history shows (we will have 120'000 customers by the time we release v8 with encryption, and all those users have bought our product despite lack of encryption).
marama wrote:So I'd really be carefull when suggesting the competitors have inferior products (I have no interest in starting a Veeam vs Unitrends thread, people should try both and see what fits their needs better, each has pros and cons).
I am not suggesting anything, and of course each product has pros and cons... it's about correct balance of pros and cons. For example, the fact that we are lacking some features did not stop you from buying our product, meaning that we have made the right bets (and they did not). And without starting a technical debate, let's just look at the facts here:Unitrends
25 years old company with about 10 times smaller customer base than Veeam in its 8 years (approximating their numbers based on the last public info I saw).
Probably never been profitable, so ended up being acquired by IVP recently.
Weak R&D, lacks features and prefers buy vs. build approach (aggressive acquisitions of other unprofitable "on sale" vendors on IVP money lately).
Product so poor they are only able to sell it 4 times cheaper than Veeam per your statement above (somehow, I do not see Ferraris sold at 25% of cost of Hyundai).Veeam
8 year old company with 10 times larger customer base than 3 times older Unitrends.
Stable and profitable for many years, not looking to sell to anyone as the result.
Strong R&D, build vs. buy approach. All technologies developed in-house (efficient support, quick fixes).
Product with over 50 industry awards, acquired more new customers from the beginning of this year to date than Unitrends in its entire 25 years of existence.
That said, of course it's totally up to you what vendor to place your bets on. Especially when you are constrained with how much you are ready to spend, at least in terms of CapEx (I totally understand and appreciate your situation). I will certainly forward your pricing and licensing feedback to the sales and executive management teams, but I would not expect quick changes in the licensing policy, because my idea above, if approved, requires significant changes in the code.