The Disaster Recovery service enables site administrators to protect their vSphere virtual workloads from a broad range of potential disruptions by asynchronously replicating those workloads from a source site to the cloud for recovery. The Disaster Recovery service uses vSphere Replication (host-based replication) to replicate virtual machines to vCloud Air.

Administrators can perform a variety of disaster recovery operations for their virtual machines, including testing, planned migrations, and recovery by using the Disaster Recovery service.

Interaction Between vSphere Replication and vCloud Air
Interaction Between vSphere and vCloud Air

Using the Disaster Recovery service to replicate workloads from a source site to vCloud Air provides the following benefits:

Introduces major efficiency gains over traditional business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) practices.

Affords organizations and IT operations groups of various sizes the opportunity to improve business resiliency and compliance standards based on cloud-scale economics.

Allows for improved recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) policy compliance while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).

Introduces alternatives for migrating production applications to the cloud with reduced downtime and limited need for offline data transfers (ODT).

Provides subscription-based Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) for vSphere customers.

The following key features provide the benefits of the Disaster Recovery service:

Simple and secure (enterprise to cloud) asynchronous replication and recovery for virtual machines

Self-service disaster recovery testing and recovery of workflows per virtual machine

Guaranteed (warm standby) resource availability

On-premise monitoring and management with the vSphere Web Client

Flexible subscription options for elastic consumption

Support for initial data seeding by using VMware vCloud Connector Offline Data Transfer (ODT)

Failback of workflows to your source site via ODT

Self-service RPO settings from 15 minutes to 24 hours per virtual machine


RPO policy compliance is dependent on available bandwidth from the source site to vCloud Air.