“The Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance (MARIA) is an alliance of
institutions in Virginia established to promote the development of shared advanced
network and other cyberinfrastructure resources to serve the Commonwealth and
the Mid-Atlantic region.

MARIA was established to facilitate the development, and implementation,
of emerging technologies critical for research competitiveness and economic
development and to make available high-performance optical network services
in support of the member’s research, education, healthcare and public service
missions. MARIA is also a part of a national community of research optical networks,
and provides connectivity to the national and international research and education
networks. “