Higher Education

Security Masterpiece

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is expanding its global reach while enjoying safe and secure storage of its digitized materials through an innovative data storage solution. The OARnet network provides redundancy by transporting CMA’s digital repository art collection from Blue Bridge Networks in Cleveland to the museum’s secondary connection at Cologix data center in Columbus. OARnet’s 100-Gbps sophisticated backbone provides instantaneous redundancy in the event of an outage so the collection can be recovered and transported without interruption for all viewers.

Small OCU is doing big things for students through OARnet resources

Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, may be small, but its networking is now mighty thanks to some recent upgrades and optimization on the OARnet network. OCU enrolls approximately 3,600 students— roughly 80% of which are remote. OARnet’s newest pricing structure, as well as the redundancy the network can provide, gives peace of mind to students and OCU Chief Information Officer John Bocook.

Technology upgrades allow Zane State to maintain its ‘personal touch’

Zane State brings the same level of personalized dedication to its students as it does to its technology plan. As a college that serves high school, traditional and non-traditional students at two locations, both in-person and online, Zane State has a lot of needs to consider – and with the help of OARnet’s services, they seem to have met them all. The college was one of the first community colleges to connect to OARnet’s backbone in 1995 when it was known as the Muskingum Area Technical College, using a fractional T1 line. A little over 10 years later, as bandwidth requirements increased, they were having trouble bringing connectivity to the Cambridge campus 30 miles away.

University of Dayton finds sweet spot for disaster recovery

OARnet helped UD set up a disaster recovery site (DRS) in Westerville, 80 miles from the university’s primary data centers. The IntraOhio connection on OARnet’s 100 Gbps backbone allows the university to replicate all its critical data to the backup site in real time, including core administrative systems, student data and a learning management system. Skill said the 80-mile separation is a “sweet spot” for UD, as it is an easy drive to Westerville from Dayton via several routes.