The vCloud Availability solution provides many features to support disaster recovery and migration services from an on-premises vCenter to a service provider cloud.

For the tenants, the vCloud Availability solution provides the following features:

  • Self-service protection, failover, and failback workflows per virtual machine.

  • Recovery point objective (RPO) from 15 minutes to 24 hours.

  • Initial data seeding by shipping a disk.

  • Full integration with the vSphere Web client.

For the service provider, the vCloud Availability solution:

  • Integrates with existing vSphere environments.

  • Provides multi-tenant support.

  • Provides built-in encryption of replication traffic.

  • Supports multiple vSphere versions.

  • Supports multiple ESXi versions.

  • Individual systems are isolated as virtual machine files.

  • Provides simplified installation and configuration by using one single command.

  • Provides automation through standard Web service APIs.

Failover from on-premises to Cloud

Replicates data from on-premises vSphere workloads to service provider cloud environments. After the virtual machines are replicated, failover support for running the workloads in the cloud. Recovery Point Objective (RPO) can be configured from 5 minutes to 24 hours.

Failback to on-premises

For failover workloads that have been migrated to the cloud, changes can be replicated back to the on-premise environment. You can then fail back workloads in the on-premise environment.

Multiple Points In Time (MPIT) Recovery

Up to 24 restore points can be created. Depending on the RPO configuration, restoration is available from any recovery point.


Using VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™ Appliance and plug-in for vSphere Replication you can easily design and deploy scalable workflows that automate complex IT processes.