In a hosting context, the backbone is a high-speed data line or series of connections that forms a major pathway within a network. It’s a relative term, as a small network’s backbone is apt to be considerably smaller than what would be considered a non-backbone line on a major network.
Backbone can also refer to the conglomeration of networks owned by various companies that forms the core of the commercial Internet’s data transfer infrastructure. Massive carriers like Sprint, MCI, AT&T and Century Link own some of the largest component pieces of the Internet backbone, and sell their services to Internet Service Providers, who in turn provide connectivity and bandwidth to individuals, companies and government agencies.
The NationalNet Hosting backbone is extremely large and robust, with multiple, redundant high-speed connections and dark fiber ring technology with connectivity at 56 Marietta, the most connected network hub in the Southeastern United States.
NationalNet constantly monitors our expertly maintained backbone and provides uninterrupted transit of data to the Internet, minimal latency, elimination of the possibility of a single point of failure in the data transfer chain, redundant routers, a wide variety of connectivity options and scaleable bandwidth to adjust to the needs of each client specifically.