CACHEBOX redeems web at St. Ambrose
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that St. Ambrose School in Missouri USA has deployed a CACHEBOX alongside a bandwidth upgrade to eliminate peak time congestion and accelerate content in the classroom.
With 267 pre-K-8 students using a combination of iPads and PCs in the classroom, St Ambrose needed fast and reliable access to the internet. But whenever multiple students accessed content at the same time, the school’s small 30Mbps connection quickly became overwhelmed.
Congestion left some students waiting so long for content they were timed out, disrupting lessons, and raising concerns over online testing.
The school decided it was time to upgrade capacity, but the tech team knew that more bandwidth would not solve the problem of excessive spikes in traffic. To better deal with peak demand from the classroom, they deployed a web cache at the same time.
By storing and serving school content locally, caching minimises demand for the internet, so schools don’t need to waste precious budget on excess capacity that remains unused for most of the day.
In choosing CACHEBOX, a specialised cache designed to handle everything a school needs, St Ambrose was able to dramatically slash classroom demand. Now, as much as 86% of total online content comes from cache. And served at LAN speeds, it arrives many times faster than from the internet.
Concern for testing has vanished. During recent online assessments, an amazing 99% of Pearson testing content came from cache, and it arrived up to 46 times faster.
“With CACHEBOX handling peak demand, students now enjoy congestion-free, speedy access to content,” says CACHEBOX Consultant Marianne Cowie. “And because caching performance is scalable, St Ambrose’s premium user experience will remain as classroom numbers grow.”
St Ambrose School is a privately-funded Catholic elementary school in suburban St Louis, Missouri that serves the spiritual and academic needs of K-8 children in its parish. It aims to provide a quality education by fostering creativity and divergent thinking, while equipping children with the necessary digital skills for onward independent learning.