When you subscribe to the Disaster Recovery service, you can use vCloud Air to monitor and manage the virtual machines you are replicating to the cloud.

After setting up virtual machines for replication, use vCloud Air to monitor and manage the replication and recovery for those virtual machines; for example, testing recovery or performing a recovery from a placeholder virtual machine in vCloud Air in the event of a disruption at the source site.

After replication from the source site begins, you can modify the network and customization settings configured for the placeholder virtual machine. Other settings for a placeholder virtual machine are not available before you recover the virtual machine to the cloud. After you recover a virtual machine to the cloud, it has the same capability that the virtual machine had at the source site. You can access and operate your virtual machines recovered to the cloud for the following time periods:

7 days to access and operate virtual machines when performing tests

30 days to access and operate virtual machines when performing recovery

Confirm that a virtual data center is enabled for disaster recovery by viewing the virtual data center in the dashboard of vCloud Air.

If you are an existing vCloud Air customer when you subscribed to the Disaster Recovery service, you see in your dashboard your existing virtual data centers and your new virtual data centers enabled for disaster recovery.

vCloud Air Dashboard
Disaster Recovery Enabled Virtual Data Center

Clicking a virtual data center enabled for disaster recovery displays the Replication tab, where you can view your placeholder virtual machines.

Usage Metering (Dashboard > Virtual Data Center Details > Usage & Allocation) for your Disaster Recovery service is based on the storage capacity consumed by virtual machines being replicated to the cloud. Usage metrics appear in the vCloud Air Web console.