There are a few key factors to consider before you decide what type of a Disaster Recovery solution is right for you. Are you looking to build and maintain your disaster recovery data center on your own, have a large budget, and are looking at hosted solutions? Typically, this is not the case.

You may have the budget but not enough skills or vice versa, in which case Dedicated Disaster Recovery is the perfect solution.

Business continuity and disaster recovery are some of the key factors for ensuring your business critical environment, data, and online presence are available with minimal downtime. The availability services offered on vCloud Air help ensure that your data is protected, recoverable, and accessible by you and your customers.

If you are looking for a cost-efficient and agile solution to implement or to replace dated, complex, and costly disaster recovery plans, VMware's vCloud Air – Dedicated Disaster Recovery, provides a cloud-based failover environment for dependable recovery when faced with an operational disruption.

Dedicated Disaster Recovery enables site administrators to protect their vSphere onsite business-critical workloads from a broad range of potential disruptions by asynchronously replicating those workloads from a source site to the cloud for recovery and it uses vSphere Replication Appliance (host-based replication) to replicate virtual machines to vCloud Air.

Administrators can perform a variety of disaster recovery operations for their virtual machines, including testing, planned migrations, and recovery by using Dedicated Disaster Recovery.

Dedicated Disaster Recovery provides the following benefits:

Simple and easy to use management platform that allows secure (enterprise to cloud) asynchronous replication and recovery of virtual machines.

Introduces major efficiency gains over traditional business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) practices.

Allows for improved recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) policy compliance while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).


RPO is the interval of time that might pass during a disruption before the quantity of data lost during that period exceeds your BC/DR maximum allowable threshold. Whereas, RTO is the duration of time and a service level within which data must be restored after a disaster in order to avoid unacceptable consequences associated with a break in continuity.

Reverse failover of workflows to your source site.


You need to use vSphere Replication version 6.1.

Self-service RPO settings from 15 minutes to 24 hours per virtual machine, perform unlimited 7 days run time tests, and run failed-over virtual machines for up to 30 days.


RPO policy compliance is dependent on available bandwidth from the source site to vCloud Air.

Multiple point in time recovery snapshots that allows you to recover back up to 24 previous replication point in time.

Introduces alternatives for migrating production applications to the cloud with reduced downtime and limited need for offline data transfers (ODT).

On-premises monitoring and management with the fully integrated vSphere Web Client.

Networking features include firewall, load balancer, virtual private networks, and DHCP+NAT.

Additional benefits of proximity routing and stretched networks. See Service Architecture for information.

Access to VMware's production-level support.