CACHEBOX makes 1:1 Merri-er
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Merrimack Valley School District, New Hampshire, has chosen CACHEBOX to stop lessons grinding to a halt while it expands 1:1 learning across all its schools.
During 1:1 trials, Merrimack had experienced connectivity issues. Whenever teachers included online video in lessons, the sudden spike in traffic would bring the network to a crawl. The district tried limiting access to users at certain times of the day but found learning suffered as a result.
Knowing that adding more independent learners would only make things worse, the district upgraded bandwidth – moving from two connections totalling 600Mbps to a single hub with 1Gbps. But with ever-increasing device numbers needing access to learning content, Technology Director Lee Despres was concerned it still might not deliver a fast, responsive user experience.
So, looking for a more cast-iron solution that wouldn’t waste precious budget, Lee contacted ApplianSys. After seeing how CACHEBOX can multiply a school’s effective bandwidth by meeting demand for school content locally, he was quickly sold. And with full 1:1 rollout due to begin after summer vacation, Lee quickly placed an order.
“1:1 learning involves whole classes accessing the same material, very often at the same time. That results in multiple downloads of the same content, causing demand to spike way above average. But with caching, content can be stored locally, so any number of repeat requests can be served without using more bandwidth,” says Sergio Villegas, CACHEBOX Consultant. “And because it’s served over the LAN, content arrives at LAN speeds, often many times faster than from the internet.”
Merrimack Valley School District is a public school district located in Penacook, New Hampshire with five Elementary, one Middle and one High School, serving 2,585 students. With its 1:1 rollout, the district aims to create a learning environment in which skills are developed and enhanced through the use of technology and continuous access to digital resources.