CACHEBOX conquers Drakensberg peaks
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that South African Wireless ISP (WISP), Draadloze Broadband, has purchased CACHEBOX230 to support its rapid growth.
Formed in Harrismith, Draadloze Broadband has been expanding rapidly and now provides internet services for residential and business customers across Qwa Qwa and Northern Drakensberg. Because the WISP’s 100Mbps VSAT connection was 60% utilised, it was concerned that adding more users would damage the quality of service for existing clients.
As VSAT capacity is so expensive, Draadloze turned to caching to reduce bandwidth consumption, giving it the capacity to add more users without sacrificing service quality. The WISP specifically needed to reduce the impact of Windows software update files that formed a large proportion of its traffic.
Draadloze found that CACHEBOX offers great value in comparison to bandwidth and the other caching appliances it reviewed. The WISP purchased a unit from local ApplianSys partner Maxtec.
Roger Clark, ApplianSys Head of Sales for CACHEBOX says: “When one of Draadloze’s customers requests web content like Windows Update files, CACHEBOX stores and serves it locally so that the internet connection isn’t used when another client requests the same content. So now Draadloze can continue to grow without purchasing additional expensive bandwidth. Because it’s easy to deploy, easy to manage and, crucially cost effective CACHEBOX is used by WISPs across South Africa to get more out of their bandwidth.”
Draadloze (meaning wireless in Afrikaans) provides wireless internet services, web design, VOIP and wireless hotspot solutions to clients across Northern Drakensberg and Qwa Qwa – an area in the East of Free State Province.