Something interesting I came across… The Georgia Aquarium will construct a dark fiber network into telx’s Carrier Hotel in Atlanta, GA. This dark fiber network will connect to Southern Light Rail (SLR), providing access to the National Lambda Rail research and education network.
Featuring entertainment, educational exhibits and more than eight million gallons of water supporting varied habitats of marine life makes the Georgia Aquarium the largest in the world. The aquarium hosts a 10,000 square foot aquatic veterinary care facility and is the only facility integrating an aquarium and veterinarian teaching hospital.
The Georgia Aquarium had to assess their ability to communicate to the greater research networks in order to achieve their goal of being the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. The telx Carrier Hotel provides 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 (NLR), and the Southern Crossroads (SoX), a research network peering service. SLR and SoX are designed to 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, providing current and future value to The Aquarium. Through this invaluable connection, the Georgia Aquarium gains the ability to collaborate with other aquariums and educational institutions on various research initiatives.
The Aquarium has opened various avenues to enhance and share unique research capabilities. Building their own dark fiber network into telx, The Aquarium saves money on various local loops that would otherwise be necessary to gain access to these invaluable research networks.