CACHEBOX Worth E-Rate wait
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Worth School District 127 in southern Chicago has chosen CACHEBOX to ensure software updates never impact the classroom learning experience.
With 1,300 users across 5 schools accessing Worth’s 100Mbps connection on Chromebooks, MacBooks and PCs, Tech Coordinator Robert Jeffers had noticed a problem. Network traffic regularly swelled with large software update downloads for each platform. These would consume bandwidth intended for students and teachers to access 1:1 learning content – including video. And with no way to control when updates happened, the network could get congested at crucial times, such as during PARCC online assessment.
Aware that caching would help, Robert applied for funding from the USA education E-Rate budget, wanting to find a suitable Apple-based solution. Apple Cache however will only cache Apple updates and content. After receiving a proposal for CACHEBOX – the #1 web caching choice on E-Rate – he found a solution that could cache problematic updates and content from more than just Apple.
Despite the longer than anticipated wait for funding approval, Worth was delighted by CACHEBOX’s instant results. All 3 appliances – one at each campus – are already serving 70% of updates from cache – and over half of all web traffic.
“CACHEBOX is designed to cache everything a school needs – from classroom learning content and online testing to updates from O/S, apps and antivirus,” says Sergio Villegas, CACHEBOX Consultant. “This not only keeps Worth’s network congestion-free, it makes content faster by serving it directly, at LAN speeds.”
Worth School District 127 caters for nearly 1,200 students in 3 elementary and 1 junior high school across 3 campuses in the village of Worth in the southern Chicago suburbs. A recent drive towards personalised 1:1 learning has seen all students equipped with personal Google Chromebooks.