No Bandwidth Blues for Township
ApplianSys announced today that Township High School District 214, Chicago, has expanded its CACHEBOX solution to support its growing BYOD scheme.
The district has a total of seven school sites, with a population of 12,500 students and 1,800 staff.
In 2013, Township’s Network Operator, Nicolas Mazza, planned to upgrade the district’s 800Mbps internet connection to 2Gbps to support a 1:1 pupil to iPad scheme for students. He recalls: “A lot of our network traffic came from large files like videos and software updates. Once the scheme was implemented we expected the strain on bandwidth to multiply. Even with the additional bandwidth, the network would have struggled to cope with traffic – especially during peak times like when downloading Apple OS updates.”
Nicolas sought a caching solution that would enable such frequently requested large files to be served locally. Neighbouring School District Glenbard 87 recommended CACHEBOX as the ideal solution.
Township SD decided to put CACHEBOX to the test, deploying a CACHEBOX230 in its network core. Nicolas was very pleased with the results: “CACHEBOX is a great product, and I will definitely recommend it to my colleagues at other school districts when they run into WAN/Internet performance issues.”
Within a month, a cluster of CACHEBOX310s was also deployed in the core.
Now, with plans to further expand its 1:1 scheme, the school district has decided to deploy a CACHEBOX at each of its other sites: it has purchased a further six CACHEBOX310s, along with a CACHEBOXCMC (Central Management Console). CACHEBOXCMC enables Nicolas to more easily manage Township’s multiple CACHEBOXes, with the ability to simultaneously configure and administer the entire fleet.
Recognised as a Blue Ribbon High School District by the U.S. Department of Education, Township High School District 214 is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago in a 68.3 square mile area.