What is vCloud Air

*VMware vCloud® Air™ is built on the trusted foundation of vSphere and is compatible with your on-premises data center.  vCloud Air allows you to extend your workloads into the cloud with ease. You can migrate existing virtual machines (VMs) from on-premises to the public cloud or start up new application VMs directly in the cloud. You can also easily port VMs and other business-critical workloads back and forth to the location of your choice, all with the secure and capable foundation of vSphere.

Watch this short overview video, read the data sheet, or explore the FAQ for more details.

Fast Path to Cloud

With a common platform that spans both private and public cloud, vCloud Air enables your organization to dynamically scale its IT infrastructure without changing the way you run it. You can write, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud the same way you do today.

Extend Beyond Your Current Data Center with Ease

Extending into the cloud shouldn’t be a one-way street into unfamiliar territory. You can easily position workloads on your cloud or ours. Network virtualization allows you to configure your firewalls and network like your existing cloud and is customizable to your application and security needs. You can benefit from common identity and access management across your onsite and offsite cloud locations.

VMware works with leading operating systems and applications to support “bring your own license” to the cloud, and offers top software for purchase on a subscription basis.  View software available from VMware for vCloud Air.

Reduce Risk and Cost of Ownership

vCloud Air offers automated replication, monitoring, and high availability of your applications without any code changes. Using the same platform you already run internally, you can extend management tools into the cloud to leverage existing investments, processes, and expertise to lower the cost of ownership. Review the complete Service Description for more details.

Rely on the Support and Services You Know

vCloud Air delivers the security, reliability and performance you demand from a hybrid cloud platform. It’s the VMware you know. No matter where your applications are running, there’s only one support call for your on- and off-premises clouds. All of your favorite management tools are integrated with vCloud Air including VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vCloud® Automation Center™, VMware® vCenter™ Operations Manager™, VMware® vCloud Connector® and more.

Benefits of using vCloud Air


  • OS and application support - Enjoy support for over 5000 applications and over 90 operating systems, and growing.
  • Reliable and secure service - Get the security, availability, and performance you expect from VMware while leveraging existing investments, processes, and expertise.
  • Familiar tools and services - VMware is bringing together the tools, services and applications you need move to the cloud safely and easily. Visit the vCloud Air Marketplace to learn about these solutions.


  • Do more, faster - Set up, tear down, test, and deploy without building new infrastructure, and go live without learning new skills or processes.
  • Room for growth - Expand or decommission virtual machines of any size.

Ease of use

  • Secure and compliant - Leverage existing IT policies in the cloud and rely on the same source of support as your onsite data center.
  • Planning ahead - Understand and plan your budget with a capacity-based subscription.

5 Ways to Get Started

You can start using vCloud Air in any of these ways.


Take a low-risk first step to hybrid cloud and free up valuable on-premises capacity by running pre-production in the cloud, and then choosing to deploy on- or off-premises.

New Enterprise Applications

Use hybrid cloud to build and host new applications in traditional 3-tier architectures (Java).

Disaster Recovery

Extend your data center to hybrid cloud for disaster recovery third-party backup, dev/test, seasonal workloads, and additional geo locations.

Packaged Applications

Use your next application upgrade cycle of existing virtualized desktops and applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, and host in hybrid cloud.

Next Generation Applications

Evolve from traditional to next generation and mobile applications and develop, test, and deploy in hybrid cloud with advanced tools such as Spring, Ruby on Rails, and PaaS on Cloud Foundry.

Download the complete Information Brief and Infographic for more details or watch the video below to learn more about the top five use cases.

VMware vCloud Air : Top 5 Use Cases 1:41 minutes

* Previously known as VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.

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