"Veeam is cheap"
No, not really!
Last year we outgrew our standard 2x Essentials Plus licences as we put in place another 3 ESXi hosts, but we could live with running 3 Essentials Plus bundles, so Veeam wanted £14,000 to upgrade our licensing to the "full" product to cover 10 hosts, we eventually wangled them down to £11,0000. In the end we chose Unitrends VA, which cost us a whopping £4,000
Then more recently we expanded further and decided to invest in full DR, unfortunately SRM was too expensive, which left us with 3 choices main Zerto, Veeam or PHD Virtual RMS. Zerto was priced on per-VM, Veeam we would have needed Enterprise licences and was quoted £17,000 for 10 ESXi hosts, then PHD Virtual RMS, which we got for the bargain price of £10,000 to cover 12 hosts.
Ironically, PHD Virtual is now part of Unitrends, whilst the product isn't quit as polished as Veeam, they offer some fantastic discounts and they are quickly ploughing massive investment into the products.. I've seen the beta of PHD Virtual v8, and its looking pretty shiny..
Veeam is a bit like Apple, I admire what they develop, but as a company I despise their arrogance and the way they treat customers.
A/C because at some point in the future, I be a turncoat ;)