Apple Caching Server question

Fred Hicks hicks at
Fri Jan 13 18:51:04 UTC 2017

We have been using this:

It does all the Apple and IOS caching and is built for the ISP level and
then some.

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:25 PM, Blake Hudson <blake at> wrote:

> lane.powers at wrote on 1/13/2017 7:43 AM:
>> I saw the apple caching server mentioned on an earlier thread. Is this
>> appropriate/functional/scaleable enough to implement as an ISP? It is an
>> intriguing idea. From the docs I could find, I couldn't tell if it was only
>> geared towards home / small business or if it could scale up to handle ISP
>> level traffic.
>> thanks,
>> Lane
> I have no experience with the Apple caching service specifically, but I
> have used Apple products (including some of their server software) for
> decades. Apple used to make mac mini models exclusively for server use.
> Their low power draw and relatively high density makes them an interesting
> choice for those that don't mind using "desktop grade" hardware for a
> project. There are some folks that even make rack-mount solutions for the
> Mac mini and Mac pro (search for RackMac). That said, my experience with
> several mac minis is that you will have at least one fault that will put
> them out of production (dead PSU, faulty HDD, dead mainboard) in a 2-3 year
> period when ran 24/7.
> With Unix OS, a gigabit ethernet port, SSD, and i5 or i7, I would expect a
> mac mini to be as fast or faster than most other network appliances one
> might purchase. If one wanted something beefier, a mac pro would probably
> offer some expandability (on board dual 1gbps NICs + six 20Gbps thunderbolt
> 2 ports).
> I would see why one might be curious, especially if this could cache the
> IOS updates used for all those tablets and other iDevices folks purchase
> from Apple.

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