Navajo school Ch’ooses CACHEBOX
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Ch’ooshgai Community School (CCS) in New Mexico, has deployed CACHEBOX to reduce internet congestion and guarantee access to online testing.
Located in a remote territory of the Navajo Nation, Ch’ooshgai supports 400 K-8 students and their 1:1 devices on just 100Mbps of bandwidth. Peak demand sees up to 100 users connected at any one time, especially during online testing periods when access needs to be rock solid.
Ch’ooshgai had originally considered caching under the USA E-rate program in 2015, but believed their low internet use did not warrant a cache. However, as the school increased its use of digital content, congestion on the network caused queues and slowdowns which meant performance was holding back e-learning progress. After speaking to Appliansys, the IT team realised that caching would help them meet their goal to better support online learning.
By choosing a CACHEBOX210 to store and serve content locally, requests can be served instantly at LAN speeds, without re-downloading.
Now, the school can guarantee delivery of online testing material at much faster speeds than from the internet alone, and teachers can depend on reliable online testing.
The intuitive CACHEBOX user interface also gave Ch’ooshgai’s IT technicians the data and reporting tools needed to better understand classroom traffic. They can now make better decisions on their bandwidth and infrastructure investments.
“Oftentimes schools do not realise the value of caching until reality forces them to consider it,” says CACHEBOX Consultant Ilaria Mancinelli. “Ch’ooshgai made the smart move to reduce congestion within their existing bandwidth cost. Testing is now secure, and more classroom time can be spent learning.”
Ch’ooshgai Community School is a grant school on the Navajo Nation. Its vision is to educate students to become successful contributing citizens and leaders in a multi-cultural society, with online learning supporting their key educational goals.