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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For example, two buildings have ATM-based virtual collapsed backbones, but one still has a physical collapsed backbone.
First, what architectures are in place today: collapsed backbones, distributed backbones, both?
The ATM-based virtual collapsed backbone is completely compatible with traditional networking, and it delivers scalable performance and QoS at a much lower cost.