Kubernetes licensing

  • 4 November 2021
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Hi everyone,

how is Kubernetes backup licensed within Commvault (not Metallic)? I found nothing in the Licensing Program Guide. I know VSA is used, so I assume it’s a per Container license. Can anyone provide an example setup and its related license requirements. 



Best answer by Ingo Maus 5 November 2021, 10:50

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Hi @Ingo Maus !

Kubernetes is licensed per vm.

Are you looking to see someone who currently has it set up and how the licensing is applied?

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This is what I got from Commvault and it is what I needed at this point:

Kubernetes is licensed via the VM license, 1x per APP, NOT per container. The so-called POD is secured.


Customer has 100 apps with 100 containers = 10 x CV-BKRC-VM10.
Customer has 500 apps with 50,000 containers = 50 x CV-BKRC-VM10

One license is consumed per individual Kubernetes App including all associated PVC’s OR an individually selected PVC

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We are asked to setup Kubernetes backup with Commvault 11.28 (IntelliSnap).
We do have a license that includes Virtual Machines (see attached screenshot), but isn’t it only for VMware virtual machines ?
How can I make sure that my license is adequate for that ?
is there anything I can check ?

Thanks in advance for your support.