Hawkeye State spots caching opportunities
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that long-term CACHEBOX user, Muscatine Community School District in Iowa USA, has chosen to upgrade its fleet of caches for the third time to prevent software updates from bringing its network to a grinding halt.
After first deploying a fleet of CACHEBOX appliances in 2011 and then again in 2017, Muscatine has long understood the importance of caching. With the caches saving data-heavy files and software updates locally, subsequent copies do not have to be repeatedly downloaded from the internet, meaning big increases in available bandwidth and a faster classroom user experience.
Having used our products for 16 consecutive years and with its current hardware approaching end of life, Muscatine decided once again to use ApplianSys’s low-cost hardware refresh offer to upgrade all its devices.
With its new fleet of CACHEBOX appliances deployed on the network, the district is regularly serving 80% of content locally, with its most active boxes passing 2TB of traffic per month. In October 2022 alone, Muscatine saw 84% of Windows updates and 78% of Apple updates served from cache at lightning-fast LAN speeds, freeing up bandwidth capacity for more important student-focused, digital-learning resources.
‘Using CACHEBOX means Muscatine never has to worry about software updates interrupting online testing, remote learning or in-class media content, such as YouTube videos’, explains Caching Consultant Alastair Scobbie, ‘schools want to focus on student engagement, not worrying about network congestion disrupting lesson plans’.
Muscatine Community School District, Iowa, administers and delivers the education of 5,000 students ranging from K – 12. The district has used caching since 2011 to meet its objective of increasing efficiency and effectiveness. It keeps its students at the heart of everything it does with the goal of developing students who excel in thinking, learning, achieving and caring.