"Our bandwidth problems have been practically eliminated. Monitoring & customization is a snap with the web interface."
Desert Academy, Santa Fe, USA
"We rolled out 1200 Chromebooks to classrooms and CACHEBOX means that we haven't needed to increase our bandwidth."
Rodney Leer, Brenham Independent School District, USA
"ApplianSys is the only vendor that takes the time to look at our appliances for us, and it really goes a long way."
Mike Caruso, Orland Park Consolidated High School District 230, USA
"CACHEBOX has proven to be very flexible, low cost and easily scalable – It’s one that has worked extremely well for us."
Bill Fordred, Radio Active Telecommunications, South Africa
"Appliansys catered to our requirement to cache video, Apple and Microsoft updates and app downloads. This eased the bandwidth requirement..."
Richie Rajan, Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA), Australia

CACHEBOX banishes N Palos 1:1 ban

November 21, 2017

ApplianSys is pleased to announce that North Palos School District in Illinois has boosted classroom web speed by deploying CACHEBOX.

Under the district’s 1 device to 1 student (1:1) initiative, 3,400 students and teachers regularly accessed web-based learning content, but their experience was very hit and miss. With up to half of all users being online at the same time, bandwidth was often saturated, causing long wait times. Access was sometimes so slow that teachers were unable to use web content at all during lessons.

Dan Beko, Technology Systems Specialist at North Palos, assumed that upgrading bandwidth would speed up web access. However, like many schools, the district was tied in to a costly fixed contract for its five 250Mbps connections (totalling $6,725 per month) and unable to increase capacity without incurring excessive costs. In fact, North Palos was already exceeding the FCC’s affordability targets, paying well over $5 per Mbps.

Seemingly out of options, the tech team were about to ban 1:1 learning content altogether as a short-term workaround. But then they discovered CACHEBOX.

“By storing a copy of web content as it is accessed, all subsequent requests can be served without using the Internet connection – at lightning fast LAN speeds,” says Sophie Clark, CACHEBOX Consultant at ApplianSys.

Results have been instant for North Palos. In January 2018, over half of all requested content was served from cache – freeing up 52.9% bandwidth capacity for other content. The bandwidth savings on learning content in particular have been as high as 90%.

Sophie continues, “Caching has effectively doubled North Palos’ existing bandwidth capacity. The district now has the fast, reliable service it needed, at considerably lower cost than a bandwidth upgrade.”

About North Palos

North Palos is a suburban school district headquartered in Palos Hills, Illinois, in the Chicago metropolitan area. It caters for over 3,000 students at 4 elementary and 1 junior high schools across 5 different campuses. With enrolment growing while becoming increasingly diverse (33 different languages and dialects are spoken), district administrators and staff are continually seeking new and better ways to educate their students and prepare them for a changing world.