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Diverse Routing

Diverse Routing definition

Diverse routing are backup connections in a network — different available roads for data to travel. If one has a problem, you can send information another way instead. The main goal is to make sure that the network is connected at all times despite any disruptions.

See also: internet routing, routing table, alternative routing

Diverse routing types:

  • Physical Layer uses different cables or paths to connect devices. If one cable or path stops working, the data can go through another one.
  • Link Layer is having different ways to connect devices, like using Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  • Provider/Carrier Level uses different companies to connect to the network. If one company has an issue, the information can be sent through another company.

Diverse routing use cases:

  • Reliability: Networks stay connected even if there are problems with the main connections. It provides backup paths or connections to keep data flowing.
  • Protection Against Failures: Reduces the risk of network failures causing complete downtime. If one path fails or has issues, data can be automatically sent through another path.
  • Network Resilience: It strengthens networks to withstand disruptions or failures. It creates alternative routes to bypass problematic areas and maintain data transfer.
  • Better Performance: It balances network traffic by distributing it across multiple paths. This improves overall performance and prevents congestion on a single path.
  • Business: Critical operations can continue even during network problems. It minimizes disruptions and keeps services running.
  • Disaster Recovery: It plays a vital role in recovering from disasters or infrastructure failures. It enables quick rerouting of data to backup systems or remote locations.