Formerly known as Application Director, Application Services automates and manages the life cycle of deployments for multitier enterprise applications in hybrid cloud environments.

Enterprise users can standardize, deploy, configure, update, and scale complex applications in dynamic cloud environments. These applications can range from simple Web applications to complex custom applications and packaged applications. Artifact management supports the use of logical names for build files and other types of software artifacts, allowing users to deploy applications without regard for the physical location or identifier of such files.

Application architects can use the drag-and-drop interface to create visual application blueprints. Application architects can use the prepopulated and extensible library of standard logical templates, application infrastructure service, components, and scripts to model an application blueprint. These blueprints standardize the structure of the application, including software components, dependencies, and configurations, for repeated deployments.

Teams can deploy application blueprints across different environments. Teams can repeatedly deploy a standard blueprint, customize configurations as allowed, and deploy in IT-approved deployment environments.

From an application blueprint, you can create different deployments by using deployment profiles to test prototypes or deploy mission-critical multitier applications in production environments. You can use composite deployment files to bundle deployment profiles, bind their properties, and deploy them in a specified order. You can also publish deployment profiles as catalog items in vCloud Automation Center.