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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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Because multimedia applications are already driving bandwidth requirements in some areas, an ATM-based virtual collapsed backbone is chosen as the next migration step.
The frame-based virtual collapsed backbone provides a practical migration path from the physical collapsed backbone because it allows users to realize many of the benefits of switched networking without converting to ATM.
Slated for completion in January 1999, the core of Lourdes' network consists of a collapsed backbone comprised of two CoreBuilder 9000 enterprise switches and two CoreBuilder 3500 Layer 3 switches dedicated to VLAN switching.
Designed for maximum flexibility, the DS16 can be used as a collapsed backbone, segment or department switch.
The LANCAST FiberSwitch provides such a cost-effective solution for bringing fiber to the desktop or the collapsed backbone.