Backbone


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Backbone

The largest channel of information on a network. The backbone processes and transmits the greatest amount of data. The size of a backbone is not based on an objective standard, but rather depends on the size of the network.
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According to Daryl Schoolar, senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR, "The backbone market along with the total wholesale ISP market will experience little growth in 2002.
AT&T is not alone in ramping up its backbone speeds, however, and 10Gbps now seems just the tip of the iceberg.
The Loop Switch delivers the same concurrency and zoning services offered by the Backbone Fabric Switch while eliminating the Cost and complexity of a mixed protocol environment (Figure 4).
The major backbone providers have thus far tried to deal with this problem by making the backbones bigger, to accommodate more packets.