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What type of licensing is required to run workloads in vCloud Air? Is it just vSphere and vCenter or is vCloud Director also needed?
Just ahead of several cloud-related announcements at VMworld 2014, VMware announced that it was rebranding its vCloud Hybrid Service to vCloud Air. The vSphere-based platform did not undergo any technical changes and will remain an infrastructure as a service hybrid cloud offering.
Currently, vCloud Air provides three cloud services -- dedicated cloud, virtual private cloud and disaster recovery as a service -- than can be managed in vCenter, vCloud Automation Center or vCloud Director (vCD).
While vCD can be used to manage your vCloud Air service, it's not a requirement.
"We get that question a lot. 'To do this, do we need vCloud Director?' No. The whole future of your private cloud is all vSphere-based. You can do all this with vSphere and a vCloud Air subscription," said David Hill, senior technical marketing architect at VMware.
Hill clarified the requirements during his VMworld 2014 session entitled "How to Build a Hybrid Cloud -- Steps to Extend Your Data Center" with Chris Colotti, principal technical marketing architect at VMware.
"With this the only thing that is required is your on-premises vSphere licensing," said Colotti. "If you're signed up for the beta of [vCloud Air] OnDemand, all of the same functionality that we've talked about -- from an edge gateway, networking -- exists in OnDemand, exactly the same. The only other requirement is to have a subscription or OnDemand beta -- some access to vCloud Air."
The vCloud Air OnDemand offering is a pay-as-you-go model for on-demand access to vCloud Air.