The Georgia Aquarium will reportedly construct a dark fiber network into telx's (News
) Carrier Hotel at 56 Marietta Street in Atlanta, GA. The network enables interconnections to Southern Light Rail (SLR), which provides access to the National Lambda Rail research and education network.
Georgia Aquarium had to assess their ability to communicate to the greater research networks in order to achieve their goal of become the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. The Aquarium reviewed the building owned and operated by telx and evaluated their collocation Meet Me Room and Core Interconnection Facility at 56 Marietta Street.
The Georgia Aquarium found that the greatest amount of diverse and varied providers were available, like major fiber providers offering access to key research networks, including the Southern Light Rail (SLR), a research network aggregator providing access to the Internet 2 network and the National Lambda Rail, and the Southern Crossroads (SoX), a research network peering service.
Since SLR and SoX facilitate access to current and future highly integrated, digital communications services for education, research and economic development within the region and across the United States, they provide current and future value to The Aquarium.
The Georgia Aquarium colocates their Core Interconnection equipment with telx who manages the cross connects interconnecting their dark fiber network to an array of providers. Leveraging this connection, the Aquarium can collaborate with other aquariums and educational institutions on various research initiatives.
Beach Clark, vice president of Information Technology, Georgia Aquarium believes they have opened various avenues to enhance and share their research capabilities that make the Georgia Aquarium unique. He explained that by building their own dark fiber network into telx, they save money on various local loops that would otherwise be necessary to gain access to these invaluable research networks.
“We are honored to have been chosen by the Georgia Aquarium as a primary interconnection point on their network. We are committed to enhancing enterprise networks in Atlanta and throughout the rest of the country by providing the highest quality environment and options for network connectivity,” said Hunter Newby, Chief Straegy Officer of telex in a statement.
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