The Disaster Recovery service enables site administrators to protect their vSphere virtual workloads from a broad range of potential disruptions by asynchronously replicating those workloads from a source site to the cloud for recovery. The Disaster Recovery service uses vSphere Replication (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 the Disaster Recovery service.

Interaction Between vSphere Replication and vCloud Air
Interaction Between vSphere Replication and vCloud Air

The following key features provide the benefits of the Disaster Recovery service:

Simple and secure (enterprise to cloud) asynchronous replication and recovery for virtual machines

Self-service disaster recovery testing and recovery of workflows per virtual machine

Guaranteed (warm standby) resource availability on the vCloud Air platform

On-premises monitoring and management with the vSphere Web Client

Flexible subscription options for elastic consumption

Support for initial data seeding by using VMware vCloud Connector Offline Data Transfer (ODT)

Native failback of workflows to your source site using vSphere Replication


You need to use vSphere Replication version 6.0 or later.

Self-service RPO settings from 15 minutes to 24 hours per virtual machine


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

Multiple point in time recovery snapshots

Unlimited Disaster Recovery tests per year

You may buy the Disaster Recovery service in subscription term-lengths of 1 month, 3 months, 12 months, 24 months, up to 36 months. You can also buy and add resources ( 20GB vRAM, 10GHz vCPU and 1TB of storage) in bundles. The add-on options offered with the Disaster Recovery service are similar to the options provided with the vCloud Air core services.

vCloud Air Subscription Services