Press Releases

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.


Team enters national US Ignite innovation competition; wins award for best advanced manufacturing app 
App focuses on high-speed network technologies to advance industry, education

Columbus, Ohio (Jul 2, 2013)

A team of academic and business organizations, mostly from Ohio, won an award for the “Best Application for Advanced Manufacturing” at the Next Generation Application Summit.

Ohio’s ultra-fast statewide broadband network honored by leading national technology publication 
Computerworld names OARnet a 2013 Laureate in emerging technology

 (Jun 3, 2013)

Columbus, Ohio/Washington, D.C. (June 4, 2013) – IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program named the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) as a 2013 Laureate in the “Emerging Technology” category last night during its Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Metro Data Center LLC will host OARnet’s high-speed expansion 
Metro Data Center will serve as a Point of Presence (PoP) for OARnet.

 (Dec 17, 2012)

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).

Governor Kasich “Lights Up” Ohio’s New Broadband Pipeline 
The technology will create and enhance academic partnerships with businesses statewide.

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 11, 2012)

Columbus, OH (December 11, 2012) – During an unveiling of the completed upgrades to OARnet’s ultra high-speed fiber optic network backbone, Governor John Kasich showcased how the technology will create and enhance academic partnerships with businesses statewide.

Gov. Kasich to Light 100Gig Broadband Network 
The public is invited to view the event via live streaming video.

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 10, 2012)

Columbus, OH (December 10, 2012) – During his 2012 State of the State address, Governor John R. Kasich announced that the State of Ohio, led by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), would increase the speed of the state’s research and education network from 10 to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) by the end of the year.