Application Services

Emergency Web Hosting

During a crisis, your Web site becomes a nexus for information. With OARnet's Emergency Web Hosting Service, you will always have a Web site available, even if your network is adversely affected by fire, weather or construction mishaps, or your campus server goes down from sharp increases in traffic.


OARnet is the main Educational Site License program contact in the state of Ohio for Esri, maker of ArcGIS. Esri's educational licensing options are designed to meet the needs of students, teachers, schools, and districts of any size. The available one-year license contract allows for unlimited use of ArcGIS and other Esri products covered in the program for teaching and research purposes.

VMware by Broadcom

VMware by Broadcom, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology, accelerates digital transformation by enabling freedom and flexibility in how customers build and evolve their IT environments. Virtualization, cloud and mobility solutions are enabling a software-defined data center for Ohio’s government and education sectors.

Voice Over IP (VoIP)

OARnet helps connect government, K-12 and higher education entities to the state of Ohio’s Next Generation Telephony Service (NGTS). This service includes features such as Voice over IP, audio conferencing and video conferencing.

Cybersecurity Services

DDoS Mitigation

OARnet offers two levels of DDoS mitigation protection as part of our internet service offering. First, on-premise custom filters are developed by OARnet engineers to protect again common DDoS attack vectors, serving as a first line of defense. Second, cloud-based DDoS mitigation utilizes a carrier service to block large-scale attacks and includes a scrubbing service to remove bad traffic and forward clean traffic to the client. OARnet’s unique DDoS mitigation service combines both on-premise and cloud-based to protect the network and minimize service disruptions.


Eduroam, operated by Internet2, is a secure, worldwide wireless access service that allows students, faculty and staff from participating institutions to connect to the internet safely from anywhere in the world.

InCommon Federation

InCommon, operated by Internet2, allows researchers, students, faculty and staff to use university credentials to access online resources from other member institutions and third-party providers. The result is a privacy-protecting method for providing individuals with single sign-on access to authorized or licensed online resources.

Vulnerability Management

Vulnerability Management is the utilization of an application with the capability to identify Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) on devices that are likely to be used by attackers to compromise a device and use it as a platform from which to extend compromise to the network, combined with risk management and reporting activities.

Integrated Network Services


OARnet offers two types of co-location services that provide cost-effective, worry-free space with connections back to your organization via OARnet's high-speed network. One is direct co-location with OARnet through Wright State University for higher education clients. The second type is connectivity provided by OARnet to our partner’s co-location sites. Co-location is a flexible, affordable way to expand computing resources without expensive local facility upgrades.

Commodity Internet Access

The OARnet Internet service provides customers access to fully redundant high-speed connections through its statewide network; four 100 Gigabit internet connections diversely deployed at Akron, Dayton, Cleveland and Columbus; and two Tier 1 carriers AT&T and Lumen. OARnet provides clients with protection against a loss of service from equipment or carrier failure and reduces the cost of ordering another connection from a back-up carrier.

Domain Name Service (DNS)

OARnet provides a fully managed authoritative and recursive Domain Name Service (DNS) utilizing geo-redundant carrier grade DNS servers. Our engineering team can assist clients with domain name registration, design, implementation, and troubleshooting.


The OARnet backbone provides native support for the familiar 32-bit IPv4 addresses and newer 128-bit IPv6 addressing. Customers with IPv4 connections to OARnet can be upgraded to concurrently provide IPv6 on the same circuits. Internet, Internet2, and Content Delivery services are available via IPv6.

Last Mile Access

Client connections to the OARnet backbone are provided through a last-mile access service using one or more carrier partners. OARnet has high-speed interconnects with over 15 last-mile partners across Ohio to facilitate a cost-effective solution using a wide range of connectivity options. These include dark fiber, dedicated circuits and shared metro-ethernet connectivity. Clients can use multiple carriers to implement fully redundant and diverse connections to multiple OARnet PoPs.

MPLS L3VPN & L2 Circuits

An MPLS-based Layer3 Virtual Private Network (L3VPN) enables a client to utilize private and public IPv4 and IPv6 routing domains across the OARnet backbone. An L3VPN allows for a virtual dedicated any-to-any communication network between many remote locations.

On-Net (IntraOhio)

OARnet’s On-Net provides connectivity, redundancy and reliability across Ohio. On-Net is an integral part of the OARnet connection, promoting collaboration and reducing connectivity (i.e. Internet) costs for all OARnet users. 

Optical Transport

OARnet offers a full suite of optical transport options, including managed dark fiber Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM)-based and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM)-based circuits, as well as wave services. OARnet maintains trained staff to provide advanced characterization and troubleshooting equipment used for designing and maintaining fiber. 

Network Peering

Commercial Network Peers

OARnet recognizes peering as a valuable asset to our constituents. It also acknowledges peering will help create a more robust broadband infrastructure. 

Research Network Partners

OARnet has a high-speed connection to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base/Defense and the NASA Glenn Research Center. OARnet is also Ohio's Internet2 connector and fosters Big Ten higher education connections through participation with OmniPoP.

Support Services

Network Design and Engineering Consulting

OARnet’s engineering team has advanced networking and security expertise that can be leveraged to assist clients with a variety of network-related projects. With more than 100 years of combined practical experience, our highly skilled senior engineering staff provides consulting in network design, implementation, and maintenance of network and cybersecurity infrastructure.

Quality of Service (QoS)

OARnet uses Quality of Service (QoS) to ensure our clients do not suffer phone outages or loss of access to networked databases in the event of cybersecurity attacks or time of high network traffic. It is essential to sort the various demands into a few broad categories that can then be accorded a priority rating. The highest priority traffic will always receive clear passage across the low-bandwidth circuit, while general internet traffic is subject to packet loss should the access circuit become congested.

Support Center (NOC)

OARnet believes effective and prompt customer support is critical to maintaining happy and successful vendor-client relationships. The staff works closely with OARnet's network engineers, systems administrators, web developers and video experts to provide prompt, courteous resolutions to client concerns.