Faster web just a walk in Qatar Park
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Park House English School in Qatar has future-proofed fast web access for its expanding e-learning scheme, avoiding the expense of extra bandwidth.
Park House already pays over US$1000 per month for a dedicated 100Mbps connection, but its 220 users had begun to experience slowdowns in service. When simultaneous classroom demand spiked – usually at the start of lessons, or whenever Windows software updates occurred and consumed too much bandwidth, the network could max out.
School Principal John Smith knew that the school’s introduction of BYOD would instantly increase user devices to 25% – worsening the congestion problem. And with plans to adopt full 1:1 learning in future, the internet connection would likely not be able to support it. But with bandwidth expensive in Qatar, spending thousands of dollars catering for peak traffic with extra capacity, at a time when the school needs computer labs and new devices, was simply too high a cost.
Luckily, Qatar International School’s Principal Deane Baker had solved the same problem more cost-effectively and was only too happy to recommend a CACHEBOX solution instead.
By storing and serving popular content locally – even problematic software updates – simultaneous demand can be met instantly, without requiring further access to the internet.
“By slashing a school’s need for web access, CACHEBOX allows schools to do much more with their existing bandwidth, effectively multiplying capacity,” comments CACHEBOX Consultant Harminder Heer. “And with the extra capacity made available, Park House can add more users now and go ahead with those planned 1:1 devices next year – without paying for an expensive upgrade.”
Founded in Doha in 1994, Park House English School is one of the most prestigious British schools in Qatar, with places highly sought after at every year group. It offers a high quality education with modern approaches to learning that leverages new technology to enhance teaching and learning.