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correct terminology

Hi all

what would be the correct term for my backbone switch in my comms room, would it be a distribution switch ? also if it had vlan routing on would it still be called a distribution switch ?

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Re: correct terminology

the correct term in your case is probably...'core switch' as it's part of the core layer of the internetworking hierarchial design.

please see the following link for more info:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk1330/technologies_design_guide_chapter09186a00806666f1.html#wp3380

Re: correct terminology

Hi,

There's no absolutely correct answer to this, see:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns340/ns394/ns74/ns149/networking_solutions_white_paper09186a00800a3e16.shtml#wp18068

Looking at the "collapsed backbone" model the distribution and core are combined into a single layer, so technically neither term would be correct.

I'm not aware of any clear definitions of these terms, and even in Cisco docs they can be confusing - however if you read that doc and follow the diagrams in the campus backbone design section you should have a much better idea of the terminology as it relates to your own particular network.

HTH

Andrew.

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