You can use HTTP GET requests to browse containers such as organizations, catalogs, and VDCs in a cloud.

Responses to these requests include metadata about the container itself and references to the objects it contains. These references are provided in Link elements, which have href attributes whose values the client can use in requests to get more information about the objects themselves. This process is sometimes called serial discovery, because the contents of one response provides links to locations where you can look for more information. The hierarchical structure of vCloud API container objects lends itself to graphical representation as a folder hierarchy or tree view of vCloud API objects, and enables clients to use the same set of objects and operations to implement a breadth-first or depth-first approach to browsing.

The list of entry points from which you can begin browsing is contained in the Session element that is returned in response to a successful login. The contents of this list is based on your role and privileges.