What you need to know about backbone for fiber optic networks

What does the backbone do?

Backbone is the “backbone” of the internet. The term is used to define the infrastructure that enables the exchange of information between servers over long distances. It controls the central wiring diagram of a more comprehensive system with high performance.

In this infrastructure, an entire communication ecosystem works, connecting computers around the world. The backbone is a main network through which the data of each internet user travels, being responsible for the exchange of data between servers distributed in Brazil or abroad.

There are thousands of kilometers of optical fiber that guarantee the rapid transmission of information, and this speed is enhanced by two infrastructure configurations: the division of the large backbone into several smaller networks, and redundancy, transmitting the same message through different paths, seeking shortcuts and avoiding transmission errors. Without the backbone, it would probably be difficult to access the internet in different environments where we use it, with traffic and transmission speed.

The advantages of the backbone for ISPs

Understanding about the backbone can help a growing provider a lot. 

Some of the benefits of using a well-structured backbone are:

High durability of the structure

Networks like these are designed not to require frequent maintenance, with an average lifecycle of ten years. As a result, maintenance costs are reduced and the network becomes more secure and efficient. Due to its distributed nature, the system can also prevent potential electrical failures and other complications. And you can save costs when performing new network installations.

divide and conquer

Using a form of backbone to interconnect the network offers greater potential for scaling and expanding this infrastructure;

Safe and optimized maintenance

You can add and delete devices without affecting the operation of others. In other words, the entire network can be updated consistently without having to shut it down.

Smoother data flow and wider network coverage

As the infrastructure is a connection between network devices, the backbone allows devices that are far from each other to be connected. In this way, the network's reach is unlimited, and it can be connected from an office to the entire country.

Support for new technologies

Another advantage of using the backbone is the high speed provided by the network. Due to its structure designed for scalability and durability, this type of cabling is designed to support better technologies than those currently available on the market, in order to update the entire infrastructure as new technologies emerge.

The path for expanding providers

The use of the backbone is of great importance to expand and maintain connectivity. As we saw above, the benefits are reflected in security, stability, performance and maintainability. This solution is responsible for communication between all network elements and transfers information between access points to local and remote servers.

To keep the organization and have full control of your network, in addition to a well-structured backbone, documentation is essential. One of the best solutions with support for mapping access and backbone networks, from a hierarchical structure, is OZmap.

Some of the largest structures in the country already use the software.

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