As you well-know, iOS 8 launches this week, and there’s going to be a lot of app updates flying around. If you’re on a network with more than a couple of devices, a few substantial updates to things like Keynote, Pages and Numbers (not to mention everything else) will likely take a while to download.

So, I thought I’d remind you that OS X server comes with a relatively new Caching server that since OS X Mavericks has handled far more than just OS X and Mac App Store updates. Unlike the OS X Software Update servers of old, Caching server is both invisible, and dynamically used by devices - switching back to the App Store itself when unavailable. No more hassle post-configuration (it’s two clicks), just all the App Store, iBooks, OS updates and iTunes Store downloads locally cached for quick retrieval. We’ve had it set up in the Realmac office for some time, and even though we’ve some seriously speedy internet this has made the software update and installation process far easier - particularly when installing things like Xcode from the Mac App Store.

OS X Server

Best of all: if you’re a Mac or iOS Developer Program member, you get OS X Server as part of your membership. So: take a moment to download and install it on a spare Mac before Wednesday. It’s made life far, far easier in the Realmac office - and with the volume of updates (even when factoring in delta updates) it’s made our lives so much easier.

If you’re interested in how Caching Server works, Fraser Hess has done some sleuthing.