vCloud Connector provides a single user interface for overseeing multiple private and public clouds and for transferring content from one cloud to another.

Using vCloud Connector, you can manage virtual machines, deploy templates, and transfer virtual machines, vApps, and templates from one cloud to another.

vCloud Connector also provides the following key features.

Content Sync lets you set up a Content Library to distribute and synchronize templates across clouds.

Datacenter Extension (Stretch Deploy) lets you extend your private data center to a public vCloud.

Offline Data Transfer enables you to transfer large amounts of data from your private data center to VMware vCloud® Air™.

vCloud Connector consists of three distinct components: the vCloud Connector user interface, the vCloud Connector server, and vCloud Connector nodes.

vCloud Connector Components
vCloud Connector Components

The vCloud Connector user interface appears as a plug-in in the vSphere Client to which it is registered. The vCloud Connector icon appears in the vSphere Client Home page, under Solutions and Applications.

Note

The vCloud Connector user interface is not available for the vSphere Web Client.

The vCloud Connector server is a virtual appliance that coordinates the activity of vCloud Connector, controls vCloud Connector nodes, and creates the vCloud Connector user interface. You only need one vCloud Connector server.

vCloud Connector nodes are virtual appliances that handle transferring content from one cloud to another. A vCloud Connector node must be installed in every vSphere or vCloud Director-based cloud that vCloud Connector oversees.

On public or private vCloud Director-based clouds, the service provider or cloud administrator can install a vCloud Connector node as a multitenant node for multiple customers to use so that each customer does not have to install their own node in their organization.

In vCloud Air, a vCloud Connector node is installed by VMware by default. You do not need to install a node in vCloud Air.