Dedicated Disaster Recovery is a single-tenant, cloud-based disaster recovery service intended to protect virtual workloads managed by VMware vSphere that are either deployed in a private cloud or a data center. It provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers. It is simple to set-up, manage, and costs less than the traditional disaster recovery solutions.

Dedicated Disaster Recovery is an expansion of the current vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service (that was available from January 2016). It is now based on the vCloud Air Dedicated cloud platform.

To implement and use Dedicated Disaster Recovery, you require the following products and services:

vCloud Air – Dedicated Cloud account

vCloud Air is a secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud owned and operated by VMware, built on the trusted foundation of vSphere. The service supports existing workloads and new application development, giving IT administrators and architects a common platform for seamlessly extending existing data centers to the cloud by leveraging the same tools and processes they use today. You need a Dedicated Cloud subscription on vCloud Air and based on your needs you can create local accounts or integrate with your existing ADFS and SAML v2.

vSphere Replication Appliance

vSphere Replication Appliance is a feature of the VMware vSphere platform. vSphere Replication Appliance copies a virtual machine to another location, within or between clusters, and makes that copy available for recovery through the VMware vSphere Web Client.

vCloud® Air Hybrid Cloud Manager™ (HCM)

HCM seamlessly integrates vSphere® vCenter™ networks into vCloud Air. Hybrid networking extends your on-premises vSphere® vCenter™ networks into vCloud Air, supporting bidirectional virtual machine mobility while using Dedicated Disaster Recovery.

vCenter Administrator login and Internet connectivity.

Using vSphere Replication and HCM on-premises, Dedicated Disaster Recovery can accommodate the most demanding business critical applications and allows you to scale your protection capacity to meet variable demands. This user guide addresses configuration, setup, and management aspects of vCloud Air in support of Dedicated Disaster Recovery.