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

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

The first step in the disaster recovery workflow is protecting the VMs from your vSphere tenant environment into your vCloud Director cloud environment. You can replicate the protected VMs from multiple vSphere tenant 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 tenant environment to a vCloud Director cloud site and failback the same virtual machine to a different peer vSphere tenant environment. After a successful failover, you detach the workload by using the vCloud Availability Portal, and later from the second peer vSphere environment you can configure a reverse replication from cloud. The following diagram illustrates the replication topology for the use case.