"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
"Our bandwidth problems have been practically eliminated. Monitoring & customization is a snap with the web interface."
Desert Academy, Santa Fe, 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
"We need CACHEBOX to help us manage our consumption and speed up the user experience"
Eduardo Nhancale, Aga Khan Academy Maputo (AKDN), Mozambique
"CACHEBOX is pretty much seamless - it's a very hands-off, low-maintenance product."
Chris Zappe, Technology Director, Desert Academy, USA

Shining DHCP slam dunk for Suns

September 30, 2020

ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Arizona’s professional basketball team, the Phoenix Suns, has chosen DNSBOX to upgrade DHCP performance at its state-of-the-art event arena and facilities.

The arena in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, is also home to two other professional sports teams and hosts concerts and live events throughout the year. Internet access for the respective pro-sports staff, site staff, external media and entertainment groups needs to be delivered smoothly and without interruption.

Network Administrator Anthony Grande is responsible for ensuring secure access for as many as 8,000 simultaneous devices. He was already hosting countless third-party devices and VOIP demand via separate virtual LANs and VOIP sub-networks. With demand on the increase, Anthony would soon need to purchase additional Windows DHCP server client access licences so visitors to the busy arena could access the network. Any increase in licence volume was likely to come at significant cost, and only add to an already complicated system.

Anthony decided a dedicated replacement server would better expand DHCP capabilities and upgrade performance. He also hoped the new server administration would be easier to manage. And despite future plans for IPAM, he did not want to be forced to implement it immediately by purchasing a solution that depended on proprietary IPAM for DHCP to work.

DNSBOX’s modular and highly flexible configuration matched his needs perfectly. With DNSBOX, Anthony can add DNS or other DDI services as and when he needs them. There are also no extra fees for increasing client licences, so he can save the business even more money.

Impressed by a tour of the user interface, Anthony was delighted to learn he could administer both DHCP and VLAN setup from a single, easy to use browser display. “I’ve worked with a lot of DHCP appliances, this is by far the easiest I’ve ever dealt with,” says Anthony. “I love the fact the UI is not nested, it’s very easy to use, I’m not having to go six layers deep and then back myself up 2 layers to make sure it worked. ”

In choosing two DNSBOX220’s for the arena, Anthony has guaranteed the service uptime needed. Configured as a High Availability pair, they ensure that should an outage occur either appliance will deliver the continuity of service needed.

“In choosing a best-fit DNSBOX solution free from additional licensing costs, Phoenix Suns can now cost-effectively handle thousands of DHCP requests,” says ApplianSys Business Development Director Dave Gravell.

Anthony is delighted. “It has been a pleasure working with this device and how resilient it is. I take a nightly backup and it just works,” he says. “It’s exactly what you hope for when you buy a box like this, and 80% of the time you don’t get something like this. Excellent appliance!”

The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the premier professional league. In 2020, the franchise had an estimated value of US $1.6 billion dollars, with earnings from Televised Media rights estimated at US $6 billion per year.