Cache of gold in El Dorado
In 2016, El Dorado Springs School District R2 in Missouri deployed a CACHEBOX to delay upgrading bandwidth until student numbers had grown sufficiently. Now, despite two capacity upgrades in two years, a recent Performance Review shows caching still delivering vital speed increases in the classroom, often many times faster than even its newest internet capacity.
With more student admissions compounding the rise in web demand, the district has opted to upgrade its internet connection each year. After its recent jump to 250Mbps, El Dorado expected the benefits of caching to diminish but instead, after reviewing performance with an ApplianSys engineer (a free feature of ApplianSys’ standard support package), it found caching more important than ever.
CACHEBOX is helping the district keep pace with student and laptop/tablet numbers, enabling speedy content delivery in the classroom regardless of growth. In fact, CACHEBOX is continuing to serve as much as 96% of content, and that includes the huge waves of sizeable bandwidth-heavy operating system updates now generated by its fleets of student devices.
So, rather than saturate the internet connection – the norm for many schools – Microsoft and Chromebook updates are offloaded to local cache, freeing up capacity to support even more learning content or additional devices.
“Caching performance has steadily increased with more and more content being served locally. And because it’s delivered over the LAN, it’s often much faster than from the internet – up to 20x faster,” says Sergio Villegas, CACHEBOX Consultant.
El Dorado Springs now serves 1,200 students across rural Cedar County, with the R-2 District also including parts of Vernon and St. Clair counties in southwest Missouri. The district’s mission is to provide an appropriate, comprehensive, quality education for ALL students with an emphasis on lifelong learning, character development, and the acquisition of skills necessary for full participation in a changing society.