CACHEBOX benefits Monett-ised
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Monett R1 School District in Missouri USA has chosen CACHEBOX to replace an unreliable and ineffective Windows and Apple server caching solution in order to cache far more content – with much less effort.
Monett have benefitted from basic caching for some time. Network Administrator Weston George has used a combination of Windows system update servers (WSUS) and Apple Caching on specially-purchased Mac-minis to store content locally. However, success was patchy and limited – the complex content and online video that matters most in the classroom was excluded.
And with minimal reporting or data analysis, effective maintenance was a hit and miss affair – only adding to Weston’s regular workload of traffic shaping and system admin.
Seeing how much effort was needed to manage demand for such limited reward, neighbouring school Webb City recommended CACHEBOX. A specialised appliance for schools caching, it not only makes caching easy to manage, it caches everything schools need: software updates from all vendors, all types of learning content, online video and HTTPS.
With no more time wasted just keeping things working inadequately, Weston can now get on with managing his network and leave CACHEBOX to routinely cache whatever content is in demand.
“After seeing the results at Webb City, Monett deployed its own CACHEBOX and has been delighted by instant bandwidth savings,” says Sergio Villegas, CACHEBOX Consultant. “Weston was especially impressed with both the ‘at-a-glance’ and detailed reporting – something WSUS or Apple caching don’t offer.”
“Gotta say, I am kind of addicted to the reporting in there. It is really slick!” says Weston. “I’ve noticed our overall bandwidth is much lower than usual. And I was able to do away with our WSUS server, I hated that thing. I found myself rebuilding it every 3-4 months on average.”
Monett R1 School District is located in a small town that sits between Joplin and Springfield in southern Missouri. Operating 5 schools that cater for over 2,300 students, its declared aims include developing and evaluating alternative educational opportunities in order to deliver on its promise of “Personalised Learning for all students”. This incorporates the use of 1:1 devices and web-based content as well as online assessment.