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Integrating Windows Deployment Services with existing Linux based PXE server for customer imaging needs

IT infrastructure in today’s world is far from black and white. It needs to be dynamic and have many different types of technologies mesh together to fit ever-evolving customer and user needs. In our case, ICC uses a PXELINUX deployment to serve different types of live operating systems, diagnostics utilities, images, and more to internal client nodes over the networkRead More

The Super-binned 9990XE perfectly illustrates current and future issues with power draw and cooling

The 9990XE made headlines in April of this year for being an Auction-Only part as well as Intel’s fastest most powerful CPU to date. At International Computer Concepts we’ve tested a few of these at their Manufacturer’s settings (5.0GHz, Default voltages) and found that they are nearly impossible to keep stable without a beefier cooler (We normally use a 360mm radiator +Read More

Broadwell-E CPU Benchmarks

Broadwell-E has been released a few weeks ago to consumers, and we have had our hands on some samples previous to that. We would like to share some of the relevant specifications of the BW-E family and detail some of the early results we have seen with them.   CPU i7-6950X i7-6900K i7-6850K i7-6800K Cores/Threads 10/20 8/16 6/12 6/12 Core ClockRead More

ICC Blackhole HPC Workstations

High performance computing can be defined as aggregating computing power in a way that it can solve large scale problems in various fields such as science, business, etc. These can range from the Tianhe-2, the Chinese “Milky Way” supercomputer which has been built to be one of the most powerful supercomputers to run, among other things, physics and astronomy simulations.Read More

HPC Blast from the Past

“It’s awfully early, but I’ll go out on a limb.” These were the first words on the UNIVAC printout of the 1952 presidential prediction, the first time a computer was used to predict the outcome of a presidential election. Now a tradition of the presidential race and the election night broadcast, the UNIVAC, one of the world’s first commercial computers,Read More

Overclocked Solutions For High Frequency Trading

In today’s fast paced economy, when it comes to money, anybody on Wall Street can tell you that every second counts. But no more do we see the bustle of human activity down on the floor of the stock exchange with brokers frantically running to and fro to buy and sell. The frenzy of human activity has been replaced byRead More

The ZFS Nexenta: An Application Guide

At ICC, we’ve partnered with industry leaders to create storage solutions that offer top-tier performance and compute power, but won’t break your budget. Consider the ICC NovaStor N-Series, a combination of the ZFS file system, NexentaStor unified storage management platform and server technology from Supermicro. The result is a storage solution that offers enterprise-class features without an enterprise-grade price tag.Read More

Water-Cooled Server Solutions

According to market analysis agency The 451 Group, there’s an increasing need for water-cooled systems in the data center. At ICC, we’ve seen the benefits of switching from noisy, inefficient air conditioning to streamlined, virtually silent water-cooled options — these include everything from heat recycling opportunities to more control over rack configurations to lower total power costs. Here’s what youRead More

Virtualization At Work: Improved Productivity

The basics of virtualization suggest that it’s a good fit for any company looking to improve productivity and lower costs — our examination of typical business benefits supports that assessment. But can technologies like data virtualization really improve corporate productivity? Let’s put this idea to work. Calling All Data Canadian telecommunications provider Telus — which sees almost $10 billion inRead More

Virtualization At Work: Time And Money

We’ve examined the basics of virtualization, what the technology can do for your business and how virtual environments are now being used in research. But what about real-world use cases? Does this solution translate from IT infrastructure to actual cost savings? Let’s put virtualization to work. Foolish Games Financial services company The Motley Fool had a problem: traditional data centerRead More

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