The vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Portal provides tenants with a graphic user interface to facilitate the management of the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director solution.

The vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Portal uses vCloud Availability Installer Appliance and vCloud Director APIs to perform common vCloud Availability for vCloud Director tasks. The vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Portal also provides overall system and workload information.

The first step in the disaster recovery workflow is protecting the VMs from your vSphere (on-premise) environment into your vCloud Director (cloud) environment. You can replicate the protected VMs from multiple vSphere (on-premise) environments to multiple vCloud Director VDC instances, and the reverse. The following diagram illustrates the replication topology for the use case.

You can fail over a virtual machine from one vSphere (on-premise) environment to a vCloud Director (cloud) site and failback the same virtual machine to a different peer vSphere (on-premise) environment. After a successful failover, you detach the workload by using the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Portal, and attach the virtual machine to the second peer vSphere (on-premise) environment. The following diagram illustrates the replication topology for the use case.