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Internet Service

OSHEAN’s selection and use of Internet Service Providers (ISP) is designed to provide members with reliable and high performance Internet access service. OSHEAN subscribes to three Internet Service Providers totaling over 11 Gbps of aggregate bandwidth. Each vendor’s service is equally accessible and allows our members to utilize the redundant routes inherent in the Beacon 2.0 Network transport fabric for resiliency. By combining the mesh fabric of Beacon 2.0 and multiple Internet peering points, members are assured of adequate capacity and fault tolerance at the most cost effective price.

Internet2 Service

OSHEAN is the regional connector to Internet2, a worldwide research and education network consisting of over 440 leading universities, corporations, healthcare and government institutions.  Internet2 provides a unique set of global capabilities to the OSHEAN membership for the development of new applications and services specifically designed for the research and education communities – including a 100 Gbps backbone network that delivers unparalleled performance and reliability and a suite of compelling above the net services.

Managed Network Services

For members who do not wish to maintain their own router or those who prefer not to appropriate capital funds for an edge router to connect to OSHEAN services, OSHEAN can provide an installed, monitored, and managed router at a cost effective recurring lease price.  24x7 circuit monitoring and trouble resolution is also included in this service, for both leased Telco lines and OSHEAN Beacon 2.0 circuits.  The provided equipment will be refreshed as necessary, end-of-life, end-of–support, increased capacity, etc.

Domain Name System

In addition to name resolution, OSHEAN provides a fully managed Domain Name System (DNS) solution to members including record management and acting as the authoritative source for member zones. For members who house their DNS internally or with a third party, OSHEAN can provide secondary/tertiary sources for serving DNS records.

The k12.ri.us domain space is offered free to OSHEAN K-12 members in Rhode Island.

OSHEAN offers DNS services for the cloud based on Dyn’s global Anycast network, which has multiple points of presence (POPS) and assures high site availability and low latency for a superior user experience. Delivered as a managed DNS service, there is no need to buy hardware, install software, or hire more IT personnel.

Managed DNS addresses all of our members' current and future DNS needs including handling DNSSEC, IPv6, an easy-to-use management portal, advanced logging and reporting - all with the lowest cost of ownership.

Firewall

The current firewall service offered by OSHEAN is built on Cisco's Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) platform.  Multiple appliances deployed in the OSHEAN network core with integrated redundancy offer our members a superior level of high availability.  The ASAs are logically divided into contexts for each member.  This allows each member to have complete control over their context, and thus policies, just as they would with their own firewall without impacting other members.  While OSHEAN hosts, maintains, and monitors the platform, members have complete access to their context and retain full control of the implemented policies.  OSHEAN engineers are available to assist with configuration issues.

Filtering

OSHEAN ensures that K-12 Schools and Library members connected through the Beacon 2.0 Network have a content filtering solution which meets the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). OSHEAN supports two filtering options, both of which comply with the standards required for E-Rate subsidy funding. These options allow K-12 Schools and Libraries to customize their filter preventing access to material that violates their organization's acceptable use policy.


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