Warsaw R-IX: saving cash by using cache
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Warsaw R-IX school district in Missouri USA has turned to CACHEBOX to alleviate peak-time internet congestion and guarantee access to online content in the classroom rather than another inefficient bandwidth upgrade.
Warsaw R-IX was struggling to handle peak-time internet demands with a 600-Mbps connection and 1,500 devices connecting to the network every day.
The district was reluctant to invest in expensive bandwidth upgrades as the congestion only affected the network for short periods, usually at the start of lessons when students all attempted to access online resources at the same time. Additionally, the internet slowed down even more when over a thousand devices tried to simultaneously download new Google and Chromebook updates.
These high-usage spikes were saturating the connection and preventing students from accessing online content, as well as disrupting lesson plans. Upgrading the internet connection to meet peak demand would be particularly expensive and, outside of short-lived peaks, the extra capacity would be unused.
The district chose to purchase a CACHEBOX solution using E-rate funding to cover 80% of the cost. By downloading files from the internet just once and then serving all subsequent identical downloads from the network at LAN speed, CACHEBOX solves the district’s connectivity problems.
ApplianSys engineer, Callum Key, advised “thanks to deploying a CACHEBOX310, 75-85% of the district’s software upgrades and peak-bandwidth usage is served from its cache, which has successfully resolved the Warsaw school district’s network headaches and saved it a lot of money”. With this CACHEBOX solution, Warsaw has solved its peak-time congestion problems and avoided a pricey, unnecessary upgrade.
Warsaw R-IX school district in rural Missouri, USA serves 1,283 students over four separate schools ranging from 5 – 18 years old. The district operates and manages two elementary schools as well as a middle school and a high school, all whilst keeping its motto of “tradition, pride and excellence” at the heart of everything it does.