Virtual Machine replication-based protection with a nimble architecture that uses existing VMware HCX mobility components.

VMware HCX Disaster Recovery is a service intended to protect virtual workloads managed by VMware vSphere that are either deployed in a private or a public cloud. It is simple to set up, manage, and costs less than the traditional disaster recovery solutions. VMware HCX Disaster Recovery can accommodate the most demanding business critical applications and allows you to scale your protection capacity to meet variable demands. This user guide addresses configuration, setup, and management aspects of VMware HCX Disaster Recovery.


VMware HCX Disaster Recovery has the following limitations:

  • HCX DR does not support using datastore clusters for VM protection operations.
  • Guest customization is not available for HCX DR protection or recovery operations.


VMware HCX Disaster Recovery provides the following benefits:

  • Simple and easy to use the management platform that allows secure (enterprise to cloud and cloud to cloud) asynchronous replication and recovery of virtual machines.

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

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


    RPO is the interval of time that might pass during a disruption before the quantity of data lost during that period exceeds your BC/DR maximum allowable threshold. Whereas RTO is the duration of time, and a service level within which data must be restored after a disaster to avoid unacceptable consequences associated with a break in continuity.

  • Reverse failover of workflows to your source site.
  • Self-service RPO settings from 5 minutes to 24 hours per virtual machine.

    RPO policy compliance depends on the available bandwidth from the source site to the destination site.

  • Multiple points in time recovery snapshots that allow you to recover back up to 24 previous replication point in time.

  • Optimized replication throughput by use of Wan Optimizer.

  • Routing replication traffic through a customer preferred direct connect network

  • On-premises monitoring and management with the fully integrated vSphere Web Client.

  • Access to production-level support from VMware.

  • While workloads are being protected by HCX Disaster Recovery, the VMware HCX system automatically detects virtual machine disk additions or removals and reconfigures running protections to accommodate these changes. HCX keeps monitoring such disk changes until workloads are recovered, or protection is removed on them.
  • Taking snapshots of a VM while protected, either manually or using a third-party backup solution, it can disrupt the replication process. To prevent any impact, it is required to stop those services that may create or remove snapshots during replication. Refer to KB79220 for more information.