Caching can dramatically improve page load time, transforming your user experience. In schools this can mean the difference between keeping students engaged and losing their attention as they wait for videos to buffer.
In most cases, a transformed user experience is at least a strong #2 reason for deploying a cache. In many cases, it is actually the #1 driver, particularly:
- in higher/cheaper bandwidth locations
- in networks where by definition many users are downloading the same content at around the same time – such as in the classroom or when updating software in a computer lab
- where higher bandwidth is not available and existing bandwidth is too low all the time, not just at peaks – such as in remote regions relying on satellite links