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 manage virtual machines, deploy templates, and transfer virtual machines, vApps, and templates from one cloud to another.

vCloud Connector also provides the following key features.

Content Sync lets you set up a Content Library to distribute and synchronize templates across clouds.

Datacenter Extension (Stretch Deploy) lets you extend your private data center to a public vCloud.

Offline Data Transfer enables you to transfer large amounts of data from your private data center to vCloud Hybrid Service.

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

The vCloud Connector UI is the user interface that the vCloud Connector server produces. It is registered to and accessed from the vSphere Client. You decide where to register 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. You only need one vCloud Connector server.

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 vCloud Director-based clouds, the service provider can install a vCloud Connector node as a multitenant node for multiple customers to use so that each customer does not have to install a node. This configuration can also be used by private vCloud Director administrators who have multiple organizations.

In vCloud Hybrid Service, a vCloud Connector multitenant node is installed by VMware by default.