Application Services


VMware, 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.

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 contact for Esri Educational Site License Program in the state of Ohio. 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 uses of ArcGIS and other Esri products covered in the program for teaching and research purposes.

Cybersecurity Services

DDoS Mitigation

Cloud based Denial of Service mitigation is included for all clients subscribing to the OARnet Internet Service. The OARnet DoS mitigation service is designed to protect your network and servers helping you to meet the ever increasing business requirements for uninterrupted service.  

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.


Eduroam – “edu” for education, “roam” for roaming or traveling – 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.

Vulnerability Scan Hosting

OARnet vulnerability scan hosting provides our clients with a site outside their network, which offers a VMware environment for OARnet clients to deploy their security software.

Integrated Network Services


OARnet's co-location service provides cost-effective, worry-free space, with connections back to your organization via OARnet's high-speed network. Co-location is a flexible, affordable way to expand computing resources without expensive local facility upgrades.

Domain Name Service (DNS)

OARnet's members and community development clients can receive assistance with the domain name registration process. OARnet provides primary, secondary, and recursive IPv4 and IPv6 DNS service to our clients with geographically diverse redundant servers. OARnet also provides assistance with domain name registration, design and troubleshooting. .EDU Domain Registration

On-Net (IntraOhio)

OARnet’s 100-gigabit Ethernet network includes connectivity across Ohio (On-Net) that provides speed, redundancy and reliability to all who connect. On-Net (IntraOhio) delivers a wide variety of services and many efficient options for those who connect to OARnet.

Content Delivery

The OARnet Content Delivery Service provides customers with the option to purchase bandwidth to a select group of partner Content providers at a lower cost than commodity Internet. OARnet Content partners provide high capacity fully redundant geo-diverse server clusters installed on the OARnet backbone for the exclusive use of OARnet customers.

Commodity Internet Access

The OARnet Internet service provides customers access to a combination of geo-diverse fully redundant high speed connections to multiple tier1 carriers and a mix of public and private peerings.

Optical Transport

OARnet offers a full suite of optical transport options, including managed outside plant dark fiber DWDM-based, wave services and TDM-based circuits.  OARnet maintains trained staff, advanced characterization and troubleshooting equipment used for designing and maintaining outside plant fiber.

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.

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.


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 services are available via IPv6.

Network Peering

Research Network Partners

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

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. 

Support Services

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.

Quality of Service (QoS)

OARnet uses Quality of Service (QoS) techniques 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.


OARnet engineering offers consulting services in areas including fiber and access circuit planning, network design, optical support, routing design (including BGP configuration), cybersecurity, cloud solutions, disaster recovery design and failover strategy. The cost of the service is based on predetermined and approved scope of work.