"CACHEBOX has made a huge improvement to the speed and responsiveness of websites such as TradeMe and Facebook."
Ray Taylor, CEO, Taylor Communications, New Zealand
"We no longer have to put up with the hefty bills and poor service levels of our ISP’s DNS management service"
Mike Bird, IT Director, DHL, UK
"CACHEBOX is running great. I pretty much don't have to touch the unit."
Nathan Schmidt, Spectrum Computer Services
"ApplianSys' support is the best we've seen."
Chris Jones, Network Manager, Macarthur Coal, Australia
"CACHEBOX works to maximise the bandwidth that schools get. So it's like getting extra bandwidth at no extra cost."
Alex Tin, Belmont Charter School, USA

DNSBOX DHCP choice for Schools

April 12, 2016

ApplianSys is pleased to announce that St Louis Park has bought a DNSBOX DHCP solution to manage DHCP for thousands of devices across its 8 school sites.

The district is a recent example of many others that find they are outgrowing standard DHCP solutions, as an increasing number of devices push the demand for DHCP reliability and performance in school networks.

DNSBOX Sales Consultant, Vasco Figueiredo explains: “Schools with 1:1 schemes must ensure a reliable, highly available DHCP service to keep devices connected and facilitate independent learning.  As BYOD schemes scale the number of devices connecting dynamically, even higher DHCP performance is required to handle the large numbers of DHCP leases.”

“This shift makes a difficult DHCP management job even harder for school network managers – yet implementing redundant DHCP failover systems on standard servers is difficult and most cannot provide the DHCP performance actually required.”

“This is why many are now turning to dedicated appliance solutions like DNSBOX,” says Vasco.

St Louis Park Public School chooses DNSBOX

“St Louis Park Public School, Minnesota, USA, made the decision years ago to invest in a specialist DHCP appliance instead of standard MS DHCP implementation,” says Vasco.

The district used a single DHCP server (Bluecat Adonis) – deployed centrally – to handle DHCP for 3,500 devices across 8 of its school sites.

However, just a few years after the product was launched, the vendor has announced the server’s End of Life and withdrawn support.

With plans to implement BYOD, Network Supervisor Ryland Nelson, knew that a reliable DHCP infrastructure was critical to support additional devices.  He found DNSBOX offered a highly available, redundant and powerful DHCP solution.

A failover pair of DNSBOX200 DHCP servers will handle DHCP services for all devices – including new ones expected to join the network once BYOD is implemented.

Vasco comments: “DHCP failover is often difficult to set up and deploy, or requires customers to pay extra for technical / support services.  DNSBOX makes setting up and deploying a DHCP failover unit easy.  Using DNSBOX200’s intuitive web interface, DHCP configuration from any standard server can be easily imported to DNSBOX.”

“The requirement for connectivity will continue to grow as more devices join the thousands already connected to the school’s network. With DNSBOX, schools like St Louis Public Park can ensure this service is always reliable.”