VMware Cloud Availability Compatibility Matrix

VMware Cloud Availability (vCAv) is a solution provided by VMware to Service Providers to offer DRaaS with VMware Cloud Director(vCD) as a target.

VMware Cloud Availability vCAv

Two features that makes VMware vCloud Availability valuable to service providers are:

  • It support multi-tenancy out of the box: This means the Service Provider will not have to acquire a separate hardware and setup an isolated vSphere environment per client, which end up improving the TCO and ROI for both the Service Provider and their customers.
  • The vCenter/vSphere versions do not have to match between the service Provider and the Tenant. This is big as the service provider will have the liberty to board customers running a different version of vSphere and vCenter without having to impact the version they run on premise.

A question I am often asked lately when talking about VMware Cloud Availability is: Does the on premise environment of vSphere/vCenter have to match the versions used by the service provider and if not what versions are compatible? The short answer is no, for more info on the supported versions, look below.

Provider Versions

While vCD 8.20 and vSphere/vCenter 6.5 is recommended below is the different versions supported for the Service provider.

  • vCD 8.10, 8.10.1 or 8.20
  • vCenter 6.0u2+
  • ESXi 6.0u2+
  • Any NSX version certified by the vCD release selected above

Tenant Requirements

While vSphere/vCenter 6.0U2 and vSphere/vCenter 6.5 is the recommended versions for the Tenant, below is the full compatibility matrix and versions that can be used by the Tenant, which as you can see is pretty wide and goes all the way to vCenter 5.1 and ESXi 5.0.

Feature vCenter 6.5 vCenter 6.0+ vCenter 5.5u2 vCenter 5.1
ESXi versions 6.5, 6.0, 5.5 6.0,5.5,5.1,5.0 5.5, 5.1, 5.0 5.1, 5.0
VR versions 6.5 6.1.x, 6.0.x 5.8.x, 5.6.x 5.8.x, 5.6.x
Failover Yes Yes Yes Yes
Failover-test Yes Yes Yes Yes
Failback Automatic Automatic Manual Manual
Snapshot supported Yes Yes No No
vRO Support Yes Yes No No


I hope this post makes this info more visible and easier to find by Service Providers interested in VMware Cloud Availability. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments area below.

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