Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand leverages a resource pool-based delivery model. Customers deploy and pay for only the resources they consume. They can increase or decrease capacity based on demands and budget.

The delivery model for Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand allows customers to pay for only services actually used, on a metered, charge-back basis, under flexible service agreements, as opposed to fixed-term contracts. The pay-as-you-go model enables paying only for the capacity in use, eliminating capital equipment expenses, over-purchasing, and underutilization.

Customers consume Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand like any software-defined data center. Because Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand is built on the vSphere and vCloud platforms, customers consume it the same way that they consume their existing on-premises vSphere environments.

Consumption of Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand
Consumption of Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand

Existing and New Applications: Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand supports moving on-premises workloads and templates to the public cloud, allowing customers to use the same images that they have in their environments. Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand supports moving workloads because virtual machines in the public cloud are based on the same Hypervisor technology and use the same virtual machine (OVF) format as on-premises workloads.

Seamless Networking: Because Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand is built on vCloud Networking and Security software, customers can use the same networking schema in the public cloud. Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand supports full software-defined networks at layer 2 and layer 3 without the need for manual configuration changes.

Additionally, customers can extend their on-premises security and compliance policies on virtualized networks to the public cloud. Network virtualization allows for integrated L4-7 services for firewall and NAT rules, load balancing, and secure connectivity with IPsec VPN.

For information, see the vCloud Air – Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand Networking Guide.

Common Management: Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand supports the suite of vSphere management tools (such as vCloud Connector, vCloud Automation Center, and vCenter Operations Management Suite) because it is architected on the same platform as vSphere. Support for common management tools makes it possible for customers to migrate virtual machines and workloads to and from the public cloud.

For information about the ways to use vCloud Connector with Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, see About vCloud Connector for vCloud Air.

Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand includes access to the VMware Public Catalog and support for private catalogs allowing customers to deploy new applications in the public cloud as necessary. See Catalogs and Templates Overview.

The following components of Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand facilitate managing cloud resources purchased from VMware.

Components of Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand
Components of Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand

Compute, Storage, Networking and Security: Commonly referred to as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand standardizes compute resources, complemented by storage infrastructure and networking capabilities, and offers these IaaS resources to customers on-demand. Customers are able to self-provision these resources independently based on their resource needs.

See Working with Virtual Machines, Overview of Storage Tiers, and the vCloud Air – Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand Networking Guide.

Application and OS Catalogs: Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand includes access to the VMware Public Catalog—an operating system and application catalog of commonly-used, pre-configured workloads for Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand. Customers can deploy workloads from the public catalog into their environments on a pay-as-you-go basis.

See Catalogs and Templates Overview for information.

Bring Your Own Licenses: VMware provides guidance on how to use existing third-party software licenses with Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand. VMware works with leading operating system and application vendors to determine licensing requirements so that customers understand their options for license mobility into Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Bring Your Own Virtual Machines: Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand enables workload migration to the public cloud with fewer compatibility boundaries between onsite and offsite services. Customers can move workloads without needing to re-architect them to work with cloud networking.

Bring Your Own Tools: Typically, customers make large investments in custom and third-party tools outside the traditional VMware toolset to manage their private cloud resources. Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand provides support for customers’ tools without requiring tool re-architecture to work in the public cloud.


While customers do not have the ability to monitor the management stack directly, you can use any technology that leverages the vCloud API such as vCloud Automation Center, Cloud Foundry and vFabric Applications. You can deploy agent-based tools, such as HypericHQ, to report back to the local data center.

Web UI and vCloud API: Customers manage and consume hybrid cloud resources through a Web UI and public APIs. The Web UI and the public APIs provide management of cloud resources including virtual data center management, configuration of network services, and virtual machine instance lifecycle management.

The Web UI also provides single sign-on access to vCloud Director. In vCloud Director, administrators can perform advanced management of virtual data centers, and end users can perform advanced management of virtual machines.

See Navigating Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand and the vCloud API 5.7 with vCloud Air Extensions Programmer's Guide.