vCloud Connector is an enterprise product that provides a single user interface for overseeing multiple public and private clouds and for transferring cloud content from one cloud to another. It allows you to connect multiple clouds, both internal and external, in a single user interface.

Using vCloud Connector, you can stop and start virtual machines, check their performance, and transfer virtual machines, vApps, and templates from one cloud to another.

Using vCloud Connector Advanced edition, you can also extend your private datacenter to a public vCloud with Datacenter Extension and set up a Content Library to distribute and synchronize templates across clouds.

vCloud Connector consists of three distinct components: the vCloud Connector UI, the vCloud Connector server, and vCloud Connector nodes.

vCloud Connector Components
vCloud Connector Components

vCloud Connector UI is the user interface that the vCloud Connector server produces. It can be surfaced in vSphere Client. You decide where to display the UI during the configuration process.

The vCloud Connector server is a virtual appliance that coordinates the activity of vCloud Connector, controls vCloud Connector nodes, and produces the vCloud Connector UI. Only one vCloud Connector server is needed.

vCloud Connector nodes are virtual appliances that handle transferring content from one cloud to another. A vCloud Connector node must be installed in every vSphere or vCloud Director-based cloud that vCloud Connector oversees.

On public clouds, the service provider installs a vCloud Connector node as a multi-tenant node for multiple customers to use.