This illustration shows the representative hierarchical arrangement of databases throughout a network to illustrate global database names. There are three root domains: EDU, COM, and ORG.

There is one subdomain each for the domains EDU and ORG: Educational Institutions and Non-Commercial Organizations, respectively.

There are three subdomains associated with the root domain COM: ACME_TOOLS, Other Companies, and ACME_AUTO.

ACME_TOOLS is subdivided into three divisions: DIVISION1, DIVISION2, and DIVISION3.

The subdomain Other Companies has no subordinates.

ACME_AUTO is subdivided into geographical regions: ASIA, AMERICAS, and EUROPE.