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Lan backbone: driven by need for higher speeds (in turn driven by faster computers, more bandwidth intensive applications such as the Web, graphics, video), easier maintenance, higher availability, extended coverage. Need baseline measurements to decide where to apply effort, upgrade core switches, rationalization of subnets to reduce routing, keeping things local, scrubbing to clean things up following rapid deployment, evaluate multihoming (requires systems involvement), evaluate Gbps Ethernet. Also have to address IP address depletion. Improve knowledge of configurations, topology, assets.