OARnet: A Consortium for Shared Services

Graphic: Display of Shared Services: Network, Internet, Virtualization with VMware, Co-Location, Telepresence, Emergency Web Hosting, Cloud Computing, Identity Access Management

OARnet identifies and deploys shared services that reduce costs, deliver high quality programs, increase productivity and improve customer service – and has done so since 1987.

At the core of its shared services program, OARnet negotiates highly competitive, aggregate pricing on technology services for its members and partners. Ohio's education, health care, public broadcasting and government communities voluntarily chose to participate in the OARnet consortium because of the benefits and value-added services they receive.

Through OARnet's flagship shared service – the network – and its expansion into virtualization and cloud computing shared services, the organization promotes community and economic development by expanding access to affordable technology.