As the size of a cache fleet grows, the task of administering it one server at a time can quickly become a nightmare.
- If you have a large number of appliances in a single data-centre, repeating administrative tasks for each unit represents a major workload
- A fleet distributed around many remote locations creates even bigger challenges. Either having trained resource on each site or transporting engineers to site as needed can be a huge cost and a big headache.
The solution – CACHEBOXCMC Central Management Console – is a must-have, making your life easier bulk managing large CACHEBOX deployments.
By connecting securely to all the CACHEBOXes in your fleet, CACHEBOXCMC lets you batch configure, monitor, update, backup and recover them all from a single browser – hugely reducing the administrative workload, improving deployment quality and increasing control.
It also stores data relating to the individual CACHEBOXes, their physical location, other key servers on their networks and contact information, enabling efficient central reporting on your CACHEBOX fleet.
Whether you are an education authority, service provider or enterprise: Centrally managing your CACHEBOXes means avoiding the need for expertise on-site at remote locations, and saving you time and money again and again.
Taking the headache out of large deployments
CACHEBOXCMC makes it easy to remotely install multiple CACHEBOXes without the need for an expert engineer onsite.
Units to be deployed across a large, distributed network can be pre-registered on the CMC, then automatically configured once physically installed onsite. You can import fleet details via CSV for multiple devices simultaneously, saving you the hassle of doing it one at a time.
Whether you have 5 CACHEBOXes or 500, you can create custom sets of units in your network. CACHEBOXCMC lets you easily group and tag appliances by geography, model, edition, deployment type etc.
This function dramatically reduces administrative workload and saves time: once you create your own groups and tags, you can perform bulk operations including configurations, maintenance, aggregated reporting and monitoring.
Using CACHEBOXCMC, a number of CACHEBOX functions can be configured centrally and applied to multiple devices simultaneously.
You can save time by editing or adding configurations to all or grouped appliances remotely, with a few easy clicks. These include:
- Deployment settings
- WCCP, permitted subnets, SSH / web ports
- Pre-caching, filtering, by-passing and blocking websites
Where changes need to be made to an individual unit, as the administrator, you are linked directly to the required CACHEBOX’s own interface.
Visibility of caching performance
CACHEBOXCMC gives you informative, aggregated reporting for your entire fleet or specific groups. These reports serve as a powerful insight into your users’ browsing patterns, which in turn gives you much more control over your network. All reports are automated and can be scheduled via email. You can view reports on fleet bandwidth usage, top sites and content types.
Visibility of server performance and health
CACHEBOXCMC supports proactive device “health-checking” constantly polling each CACHEBOX and collating data that reflects its current state.
At-a-glance visual warnings let you know of any abnormalities encountered, allowing you to take preventative action.
The statistics gathered include environmental factors (such as temperatures), network (usage, visibility of the CACHEBOX and other servers such as router and Active Directory) and load (e.g. CPU and disk usage). Status figures and advice can be exported for detailed analysis.
One-click upgrades: download the latest firmware once on the CACHEBOXCMC push it out to connected CACHEBOXes by group and / or on a scheduled basis.
CACHEBOXCMC performs regular maintenance checks for new firmware and also tracks software versions for your fleet.
Automated daily backups can be rotated through weekly and monthly reports.