Metro Data Center LLC will host OARnet’s high-speed expansion

Dublin, Ohio (December 17, 2012) – Metro Data Center, 565 Metro Place South, will serve as a Point of Presence (PoP) for the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet).

OARnet, a member of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium, provides affordable broadband access and technology aggregate purchasing services for its education, public broadcasting, health care, and government communities.

The State of Ohio is investing approximately $13 million to increase the speed of OARnet’s 1,850-mile broadband network from its current bandwidth of 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to 100 Gbps. The expansion, which will connect to Internet2’s international 100 Gbps network backbone, will help advance research and job growth across Ohio’s medical research, higher education, manufacturing, engineering and technology networking corridors.

By locating a PoP at Metro Data Center, organizations with access to the OARnet backbone can now take advantage of the facility’s carrier neutral environment.

Metro Data Center’s highly redundant infrastructure establishes a consortium of resilient networks within its high-tier data center to serve as a backbone of connectivity for Ohio and beyond, said Rob Kopp, president and COO of Metro Data Center. “Our goal is to provide customers with the highest-speed networks available and connectivity that is fully redundant and affordable,” he said.