Press Releases

OARnet’s Schopis with OSU group headed to East Africa 
Experts seek to narrow Information and Communication Technology gaps

Columbus, Ohio (Feb 19, 2016)

Paul Schopis’ deep understanding of technology and the powerful resources it provides and enables may just help save lives in East Africa.

Schopis, interim director of OARnet, left for East Africa on Friday as part of a weeklong project titled “Bridging the Gap in eCapacity for Global Health Research and Training in East Africa.” Schopis is part of a group being led by project director Dr. Wondwossen Abebe Gebreyes, director of Global Health Programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Shah elected to additional term for Internet2 Board of Trustees 

 (Nov 4, 2015)

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 4, 2015 – Pankaj Shah, executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), has been elected to an additional term for Internet2’s Board of Trustees, according to a press release issued today. Internet2 is the operator of the most advanced infrastructure for research and higher education.


Ohio Gov. Kasich receives Technology Champion award 
Cites OARnet as ‘crucial link for new businesses, next-generation innovation’

Columbus, Ohio (May 19, 2015)

Ohio Governor John Kasich recently received the 2015 Technology Champion award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for his leadership in IT policy, initiatives, and practices.

Internet2 Focused Technical Workshop helps engineers improve network performance 

Columbus, Ohio (Jan 27, 2015)

“We are here to enable science.  Big science, with big data, is affected by network failures.”

And with that, Brian Tierney, group leader of the ESnet Advanced Network Technologies Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, kicked off a two-day workshop on perfSONAR. The tool helps network engineers and developers monitor and measure network performance – and limit network failures – from its starting point to its end point.

Executive Director of OARnet Appointed to the Internet2 Board of Trustees 
Pankaj Shah, executive director of OARnet and OSC has been appointed to serve on the Internet2 Board of Trustees.

Columbus, Ohio (Nov 24, 2014)

WASHINGTON and COLUMBUS OH, Nov. 24, 2014—Pankaj Shah, executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and the Ohio Supercomputer Center, has been appointed to serve on the Internet2 Board of Trustees as a network representative. Shah is serving the term of retired Board Member Joe Freddoso, former CEO of MCNC.   

New partnership to reduce cost and accelerate use of virtualization technology in Ohio’s public sector institutions 
Distribution Program Expands Value-Add Resources Available to OARnet Members

Columbus, Ohio (Aug 20, 2014)

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) has teamed with VMware and Carahsoft to establish a distribution program. This value-added service diversifies how OARnet members can access an aggregate purchasing agreement between OARnet, the Ohio Board of Regents and VMware that provides significant discounts for software virtualization licenses.

State to move onto OARnet backbone 

Columbus, Ohio (Jun 3, 2014)

OARnet and the State of Ohio recently finalized an agreement for OARnet to provide the network backbone for the State and its various agencies. The agreement between OARnet/Ohio Board of Regents and Department of Administrative Services will add nearly 2,300 end-sites to the network for $3.2 million per year.

Aggregating the State of Ohio’s broadband and networking needs to the existing OARnet client base benefits all stakeholders. With the recent 100 Gbps upgrade, there is ample bandwidth to meet everyone’s needs.

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OARnet and Merit Network Light Fiber-Optic Connection in Hillsdale  
Enhanced collaboration between two statewide education and research networks

Ann Arbor, Michigan (Dec 18, 2013)

Merit Network Inc. and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) announced today that they have completed construction and lit optical equipment providing a secondary connection between their respective networks.

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Virtualization licensing agreement to save Ohio millions 
Deal will offer software, maintenance to education, health care, government

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 18, 2013)

Ohio colleges and universities, K-12 schools, state and local governments, and related health care communities soon will once more be able to benefit from a unique aggregate purchasing agreement.

Ohio pilots Federated Identity for colleges and K-12 
Policies, processes, technology to be explored to access cloud services

Columbus, Ohio (Oct 14, 2013)

Ohio’s research and education network and several colleges and universities in the state are piloting projects to allow K-12 and community college students, faculty and staff to access multiple online resources with the credentials issued by their institution.

The projects are part of a national initiative of the Quilt, a national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education, and Internet2, an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community.