vCloud Air and vCloud Director integration features are available when you use vRealize Automation for vApps and vApp components.


A compound object composed of one or more machines that vRealize Automation can provision and manage as a single entity. A vCloud Director or vCloud Air vApp is provisioned by a vApp (vCloud) blueprint, which is composed of vApp Component (vCloud) blueprints.

vApp (vCloud) Blueprint

A blueprint that defines a vCloud Director or vCloud Air vApp.

vApp Component (vCloud) Blueprint

A machine blueprint that is part of a vCloud Director or vCloud Air vApp. A vApp Component (vCloud) blueprint is referenced by a vApp (vCloud) blueprint.

vApp Component Machine

A machine that is managed in vRealize Automation as part of a vCloud Director or vCloud Air vApp. A vApp can include multiple component machines provisioned using the same vApp component blueprint or different vApp component blueprints.

Mapping Between vCloud Air or vCloud Director and vRealize Automation

Administrators can provision several machines with a single request using either vApps or multiple-machine services.

Table 1. Mapping Between Entities in vCloud Air or vCloud Director and vRealize Automation

vCloud Air or vCloud Director Entity

vRealize Automation Entity


vCloud Air or vCloud Director server


A vRealize Automation vCloud endpoint can be mapped to a vCloud Air or vCloud Director instance or the combination of a vCloud Director server and an organization, which provides access only to the relevant organization's virtual datacenters.


business group

User roles and membership in vCloud Director organizations and vRealize Automation business groups are maintained independently in each tool.

organization virtual datacenter (organization vDC)

compute resource

vRealize Automation enforces a one-to-one mapping between a compute resource and a virtual datacenter with one or many reservations.

vApp template

vApp blueprint

A vApp blueprint must specify a vApp template from which to clone a vApp and one or more virtual machines in vCloud Director. A blueprint in vRealize Automation that is specific to a business group is analogous to a template that is part of an organization’s catalog. Global blueprints are analogous to templates in a public catalog.


vApp machine

vApps are containers for component machines. vRealize Automation extends the vApp to add additional life cycle management features.

virtual machine

vApp component machine

A component machine is managed through its vApp and as an individual machine in vRealize Automation.

For more information, see Foundations and Concepts.