vCloud AirDisaster Recovery is a Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering intended to protect virtual workloads managed by VMware vSphere that are either deployed in a private cloud or data center.

To implement and consume vCloud AirDisaster Recovery, you require the following VMware products and services:

vSphere Replication

vSphere Replication is a feature of the VMware vSphere platform. vSphere Replication copies a virtual machine to another location, within or between clusters, and makes that copy available for recovery through the VMware vSphere Web Client or through the orchestration of a full disaster recovery product such as VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

vCloud Air

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.

vCloud Connector

vCloud Connector provides support for initial data seeding and failback of workflows to your source site by using vCloud Connector Offline Data Transfer (ODT).


If you are using vCloud AirDisaster Recovery with access to failback capabilities via vSphere Replication, you can do reverse replication from a vCloud Air data center to your on-premises data center using the vSphere Replication Web Client. If not, you will need to copy virtual machines from vCloud Air to your on-premises data center using vCloud Connector ODT.

Although Disaster Recovery is based on the vCloud Air Subscription model, it is delivered on the Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand platform, which allows you to seamlessly scale your protection capacity to meet variable demands.

To be able to use all the features of Disaster Recovery, it is recommended that you upgrade to vSphere version 6.0. If you are running vSphere version 5.5 or earlier in your data center, you can still use Disaster Recovery to provide the failover capability for your virtual machines. However, you may not be able to use the latest Disaster Recovery features.

This user guide addresses configuration, setup, and management aspects of vCloud Air in support of the Disaster Recovery service.

For information about vSphere Replication, see the vSphere Replication 6.0 Disaster Recovery to Cloud documentation.