As a system administrator, you can configure cloud failover for virtual machines, so that you can guarantee that important workloads keep running even when your on-site data center experiences problems. You can combine the VM replication functionality provided by the vSphere Replication virtual appliance with the VMware vCloud Air service to achieve business continuity goals without the need for a second data center or additional equipment .

In your on-premise data center, the vSphere Replication virtual appliance lets you select the virtual machines that you want to replicate to a remote site over the Internet. The vCloud Air service can serve as a remote site for your virtual machines, ensuring that failover happens in a predictable and verifiable manner. When the protected virtual machines go offline at the primary site, you can power on their copies in the cloud.

Disaster Recovery to Cloud subscriptions do not include service integration with shared and dedicated provisioning in vCloud Air.

The following VMware products are used in the scenario:

vCloud Suite Components Required for Disaster Recovery to Cloud

vCloud Suite component


ESXi 5.5 Update 2

The VMware hypervisor that lets you run a virtualized environment.

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2

Provides management capabilities in a browser-based interface, as well as integration points for other vCloud Suite components.

vSphere Replication 5.8

vSphere Replication is an extension to vCenter Server that provides hypervisor-based virtual machine replication and recovery.

vCloud Suite components that enable you to perform recovery to cloud can coexist with other solutions of compatible version. See List of vCloud Suite Components.


You cannot use vSphere Replication to protect virtual machines that are protected by using Site Recovery Manager.

The following example objects are used in the scenario:

Sample Environment Details



ACME Corp VM 1

A Linux virtual machine that runs one of your mission critical applications .

ACME Corp VM 2

A Windows virtual machine that runs another of your mission-critical applications.

Disaster recovery to cloud workflow
Follow the steps in the flowchart to ensure your virtual machines can be recovered in the cloud.

To verify your setup, you can perform test recoveries before an actual recovery is required. Test recoveries are not enabled by default. You need to file a service request to make the test functionality available.

By using vCloud Connector, you can copy virtual machines from vCloud Air to your on-premise data center.

Verify that your virtual machines are running in a vSphere environment.

Verify that you have sufficient privileges to perform administrative operations in the vSphere Web Client.

Verify that you have valid licenses for all products in your environment.

Verify that you have vCloud Air credentials for the Disaster Recovery to Cloud service.


To start preparing your vCloud Suite environment for DR2C, you must install and configure vSphere Replication. vSphere Replication is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance.


You have deployed the vSphere Replication appliance in your on-premise environment. The next step of preparing your environment for DR2C is to set up a connection to vCloud Air.


In the vSphere Web Client, you can select your mission-critical virtual machines for replication to vCloud Air.


By using the Web interface of vCloud Air, you can recover the virtual machines that you replicated. Recovering a virtual machine shuts down the virtual machine at your source site (if possible) and recovers it in the cloud. During recovery, all replication activity is stopped.