VMware vRealize Automation Application Services, formerly VMware vCloud Application Director, is a model-based application provisioning solution that simplifies creating and standardizing application deployment topologies on multiple infrastructure clouds. Application architects can use a graphic-based canvas with a drag-and-drop interface to model application deployment topologies called application blueprints.

Application blueprints define the structure of the application, enable the use of standardized application infrastructure components, and include installation dependencies and default configurations for custom and packaged enterprise applications. Application blueprints are logical deployment topologies that are portable across VMware-based IaaS clouds such as vCloud Director, vRealize Automation, and across public clouds such as VMware vCloud Air and Amazon EC2.