A VMware View pod integrates five 2,000-user building blocks into a View Manager installation that you can manage as one entity.

A pod is a unit of organization determined by VMware View scalability limits. Example of a VMware View Pod lists the components of a View pod.

Example of a VMware View Pod

Item

Number

View building blocks

5

View Connection Servers

7 (1 for each building block and 2 spares)

10Gb Ethernet module

1

Modular networking switch

1

Load-balancing module

1

VPN for WAN

1 (optional)

The network core load balances incoming requests across View Connection Server instances. Support for a redundancy and failover mechanism, usually at the network level, prevents the load balancer from becoming a single point of failure. For example, the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) communicates with the load balancer to add redundancy and failover capability.

If a View Connection Server instance fails or becomes unresponsive during an active session, users do not lose data. Desktop states are preserved in the virtual machine desktop so that users can connect to a different View Connection Server instance and their desktop session resumes from where it was when the failure occurred.

Pod Diagram for 10,000 View Desktops shows how all the components can be integrated into one manageable entity.

Pod Diagram for 10,000 View Desktops
A VMware View pod includes 5 VMware View building blocks and can accommodate 5,000 virtual desktops.