Apple Caching Server question

Luke Guillory lguillory at
Sat Jan 14 05:52:52 UTC 2017

They sell transparent caching, works great and we've been using it for a few years. Not cheap on the CAPX side but it sure does work.

I deliver 50% of all Netflix traffic while never hitting my transit links, Apple is even higher and windows updates is are near the 97% number. The great thing outside of cutting down on transit traffic is the increase speeds from serving it from within my network.

The support folks rock and take care of everything, we haven't touched it since we racked it up. Simple 1u Dell server with 10g nics, we currently just port mirror to it and let it do its thing.

I can share more if needed as well.


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On Jan 13, 2017, at 11:07 PM, Cody Grosskopf <codygrosskopf at> wrote:
> Maybe you can help.sell the product because that website doesn't do much in
> terms of selling the product. What does it do and why would we use it?
>> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017, 8:29 PM Fred Hicks <hicks at> wrote:
>> 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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>> *Fred Hicks*
>> Director of Network Communications
>> Information Technology
>> hicks at
>> T 516.877.3338

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