The vCloud API provides several ways for you to make vApp templates, vApps, media images, and idependent disks available to users in an organization.

The vCloud API allows you to upload and download OVF packages, and upload media images. Operations are characterized as uploads when they transfer content from the local host to a remote host, and as downloads when the local host requests the transfer of content from a remote host. A POST request initiates an upload, and a GET request initiates a download. The vCloud Director transfer service facilitates uploads and downloads and provides temporary storage for files. After they are uploaded, you can add templates and media images to catalogs to make them available to other users.

In addition to uploading, you can use the following operations to provision an organization with vApp templates, vApps, and media images:


The vCloud API clone operation creates a copy of a vApp, vApp template, or media image. You can specify whether to delete the source object after the operation completes. Deleting the source object after cloning it moves or renames it. You can add cloned templates and media images to catalogs.


The vCloud API capture operation creates a vApp template from a vApp. You can add the captured template to a catalog or download it as an OVF package.


A system administrator can import a virtual machine from a vCenter server that is registered to the cloud. You can import the virtual machine as a vApp or as a vApp template. You can add an imported template to a catalog or download it as an OVF package.

You can also create independent disks that are contained by an organization vDC and can be connected to any virtual machine in that vDC.