Another aspect of network security is the connectivity you establish between your on premise data center and the vCloud Air cloud. Based on the workload, a virtual machine can have various connectivity needs.

vCloud Air supports Internet, secure VPN, and Direct Connect secure connections between your remote site and the vCloud Air cloud.

Each type of connection has different security features:

Secure Internet connectivity with firewall rules (a gateway service)

See About Firewall Rules in this guide for information.

Secure VPN:

IPsec VPN—secure site-to-site VPN

See About IPsec VPN and Set up an IPsec VPN Connection to a Remote Site in this guide for information.

SSL VPN (Data Center Extension)—extension of your existing IP address range from your on-premise data center into the cloud with Layer 2 extension

See SSL VPN for Data Center Extension in this guide for information.

Direct Connect—private connectivity providing a dedicated, connection (ideal for regulated applications)

See Direct Connect for vCloud Air.

Create an IPsec VPN connection by using vCloud Air and vCloud Director. Create an SSL VPN (Data Center Extension) connection by using vCloud Connector.

See Create a VPN Tunnel to a Remote Network in vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide for information.

See the VMware Blog article How To Use VPN to Connect Multiple vCloud Air Clouds for more information.