Using vCloud Connector, you can stop and start virtual machines, check their performance, and transfer virtual machines, vApps, and templates from one cloud to another.
Using vCloud Connector Advanced edition, you can also extend your private datacenter to a public vCloud and set up a Content Library to distribute and synchronize templates across clouds.
vCloud Connector 2.5 has two editions: VMware vCloud® Connector™ 2.5 Core and VMware vCloud®
Connector™ 2.5 Advanced.
vCloud Connector 2.5 Advanced requires a valid VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1 or 5.5 license key to enable its features. In addition to vCloud Connector 2.5 Core features, it includes these advanced features.
- Content Sync
- Stretch Deploy (also referred to as Datacenter Extension)
vCloud Connector Components
vCloud Connector consists of three distinct components: the vCloud Connector UI, the vCloud Connector Server, and vCloud Connector Nodes.
vCloud Connector UI
vCloud Connector UI is the user interface that vCloud Connector Server produces. It can be surfaced in vSphere Client. You decide where to display the UI during the configuration process.
vCloud Connector Server
vCloud Connector Server is a virtual appliance that coordinates the activity of vCloud Connector, controls vCloud Connector Nodes, and produces the vCloud Connector UI. Only one vCloud Connector Server is needed.
vCloud Connector Nodes
vCloud Connector Nodes are virtual appliances that handle transferring content from one cloud to another. Transfers between clouds that are interrupted, for example because of network problems, can be resumed at the point that they were interrupted. A vCloud Connector Node must be installed in every vSphere or vCloud Director cloud that vCloud Connector oversees.
What vCloud Connector Does
vCloud Connector makes hybrid cloud computing easy. Bring your existing applications, workloads and templates to a public cloud such as the vCloud Hybrid Service while retaining the freedom to move these applications back into your own data center when needed. Built-in compression, an improved and “path-optimized” multi-part transfer and checkpoint-restart makes transferring workloads between your connected clouds faster and more reliable than ever before.
Using the same vSphere® client that you use today, you can now view, copy and operate on workloads, including virtual machines, vApps and templates across internal data center and private or public clouds like the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. From the workloads view, you can view and manage virtual machines and vApps. From the catalogs view, you can view and manage your templates. Add up to ten public or private clouds to vCloud Connector to maximize your hybrid cloud footprint.
Data Center Extension
By extending the logical boundaries of the data center, you can accelerate the deployment time of your workloads while maintaining consistency across clouds. Data Center Extension (DCE) allows for the transfer of workloads across clouds without needing to reconfigure the network settings in the destination. This increases operational agility of the cloud, realizing “one network” to deliver your applications.
You can now manage a single content catalog across your entire cloud environment using Content Sync. With Content Sync, a source catalog is defined and all other “synchronized” catalogs will get any new templates added to the source. This facilitates greater collaboration by bringing remote locations together with the source. This also eases the management of multiple catalogs, increasing operational efficiency and deployment turnaround time.
Evolve Your Data Center
Easily attach compatible, scalable and compliant cloud resources to your private vSphere data center by using vCloud Connector and the vCloud vCloud® Hybrid Service™. Built upon VMware vSphere and vCloud APIs, vCloud Connector allows customers to connect VMware vSphere or VMware® vCloud Director®-based private and public clouds and manage them under a single interface, evolving your data center into a hybrid cloud.
vCloud Connector is now free!
The core and advanced editions have been converged as one free product in the 2.6 version of vCloud Connector. vCloud Connector 2.6 Functionality does not require a license key. It supports vSphere 4.x, 5.x and vCloud Director 1.5 & 5.x