Reduced backbone

What is a reduced backbone?
A reduced backbone is a large and centralized network topology that consists of several LANs (Local Area Networks).

Compressed backbones use star or family tree topology and are best suited for virtual network architectures with peer-to-peer (P2P) network communication.

A collapsed spine is also known as a backbone-in-a-box, or inverted spine.

Network backbones are distributed or reduced. Conventional LANs connect using distributed backbone cables. Reduced backbones use high-speed backplane switches to connect virtual PPP point-to-point (LAN) networks.

Reduced backbone benefits include:

- Requires fewer devices
- Eliminates backbone cabling installation costs
- Offers scaled station bandwidth
- Offers a strictly centralized device management

Reduced backbone drawbacks include:

- Requires additional wiring
- Requires more expensive equipment
- Limited distance skills
- redundancy
- Not possible for several buildings

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