Structured cabling systems and rack-mounted hardware in data centers make the process of moving a node from one switch to another a simple matter of moving a cable. The ease of central administration makes topologies that use central devices attractive. Such a topology is called a network backbone. These networks take advantage of Layer 2 switching to separate collision domains and Layer 3 routing to separate broadcast domains.

The three basic types of backbones are hierarchical, flat, and collapsed.

For this assignment:

  1. Describe each type of backbone in details (3 points).
  2. Describe the advantages (2 points), disadvantages (2 points), and conditions under which an organization would implement each (3 points).
  3. Submit your work in the form of a summary report.
Submission Requirements
  • Format: Microsoft Word, name it as A2_FL.docx
  • Font: Arial or Times New Roman, size 12, double-space
  • Citation Style: APA
  • Length: 2–3 pages, header and footer do not count in the length.
Self-Assessment Checklist
  • I wrote a summary report that describes each type of backbone and the advantages, disadvantages, and conditions under which an organization would implement each.
  • I created a professional, well-developed report with proper documentation, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • I followed the submission guidelines.