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VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager

Contributor(s): Ryan Lanigan

VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager is a free plug-in that allows vSphere users to extend an on-premises data center into vCloud Air. Using a Layer 2 VPN network extension, vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager manages on-premises infrastructure and vCloud Air workloads at the same time from a single interface.

VCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager can extend on-premises networks to the cloud and integrate on and off-premises resources. One key benefit of vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager is bidirectional workload portability, which provides the user the freedom to move a virtual machine, a group of VMs or an application from on premises to the cloud -- and back -- without changing code, APIs, or rewriting or reconfiguring the application. To migrate VMs, users can choose between vMotion and Replication.


Demonstrating how vCloud Air
Hybrid Cloud Manager works.

By using an optimized, software-defined single WAN tunnel, vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager allows users to stretch network segments from on premises to the cloud.

Another key benefit of vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager is hybrid networking, which allows users to extend networks from existing on-premises or colocated data centers into vCloud Air through a L2 VPN. This means users can deploy hybrid applications and move VMs to the cloud without having to change IP or MAC addresses. Hybrid networking comes in either standard or premium, depending if the user wants to extend single or multiple vCenter connections.

VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager was announced at VMworld 2015.

This was last updated in November 2016

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