"Our bandwidth problems have been practically eliminated. Monitoring & customization is a snap with the web interface."
Desert Academy, Santa Fe, USA
"We rolled out 1200 Chromebooks to classrooms and CACHEBOX means that we haven't needed to increase our bandwidth."
Rodney Leer, Brenham Independent School District, USA
"ApplianSys is the only vendor that takes the time to look at our appliances for us, and it really goes a long way."
Mike Caruso, Orland Park Consolidated High School District 230, USA
"What we find most impressive about CACHEBOX is that it handles YouTube video content."
Raz Biramah, IPI9, Gabon
"CACHEBOX has played an integral part of being able to reach 1:1 and continues to allow us to manage our bandwidth more efficiently"
Jess Pizana, IT Director,  Regina School System / Iowa City, USA

Plato wises up to esports caching

February 04, 2021

ApplianSys is pleased to announce that in rural Missouri USA, Plato R-V School District’s deployment of CACHEBOX has offloaded far more traffic than it expected, winning the network battle with large game downloads for esports.

Despite a recent bandwidth upgrade, students and teachers at Plato R-V in rural Missouri couldn’t access online content quickly enough, risking learning outcomes. IT Manager Cayl Steinbrink suspected user device updates were the likely cause.

A neighbouring school in Missouri recommended CACHEBOX to help offload updates for all the district’s devices, including Chromebook, Windows, and Apple.

Once deployed, however, CACHEBOX reports revealed gaming content as a hidden bandwidth hog. The growth of the district’s Esports Club has been meteoric, and content downloads for games have often been the #1 consumer of the district’s internet data.

‘From-the-cloud’ installation and update files for modern games are huge, regularly 25-50Gbps and higher. Multiplied by the gaming stations on campus and the many games played, subsequent congestion at Plato had been impacting the entire school.

“In deploying CACHEBOX, Cayl has been able to offload 80% of gaming demand to cache,” says CACHEBOX Consultant Marianne Cowie. “That’s a big relief considering Plato’s gaming traffic has accounted for 76% of monthly data volume (776GB of 1TB).”

Cayl is delighted by CACHEBOX’s gaming performance, “CACHEBOX is great for our gaming updates. I don’t know how our network would function without it!”

By storing and serving updates for games as well as district devices locally, at faster LAN speeds, Plato has eliminated congestion. With more bandwidth made available, learning as well as esports can benefit from a premium user experience.

Plato R-V School District aims to provide students with the technology they need to become 21st Century problem solvers. More than 600 students across 3 schools are provided with their own device, including a new fleet of 400 Chromebooks. A comprehensive 1:1 independent learning curriculum is supported by digital citizenship programmes that teach students how to use technology safely and responsibly.