vCloud AirDisaster Recovery is a new Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering intended to protect virtual workloads managed by VMware vSphere that are either deployed in a private cloud or data center. To implement and consume vCloud AirDisaster Recovery, you require the following VMware products and services:

vSphere Replication

vSphere Replication is a feature of the VMware vSphere platform. vSphere Replication copies a virtual machine to another location, within or between clusters, and makes that copy available for recovery through the VMware vSphere Web Client or through the orchestration of a full disaster recovery product such as VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

vCloud Air

vCloud Air is a secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud owned and operated by VMware, built on the trusted foundation of vSphere. The service supports existing workloads and new application development, giving IT administrators and architects a common platform for seamlessly extending existing data centers to the cloud by leveraging the same tools and processes they use today.

vCloud Connector

vCloud Connector provides support for initial data seeding and failback of workflows to your source site by using vCloud Connector Offline Data Transfer (ODT).

This user guide addresses configuration, setup, and management aspects of vCloud Air in support of the Disaster Recovery service.

For information about vSphere Replication, see the vSphere Replication 5.6 Disaster Recovery to Cloud documentation.