Power Hungry CPUs and “phantom” throttling featuring the 10980XE
Intel Software RAID vs. Hardware RAID Supercomputing & High Density Racks

At ICC we’ve now deployed the ICC AXIS™ R-725a. Testing on the EPYC 7000 series in our lab showed an increase of ~.1GHz in performance per core on these high core count processors with liquid cooling vs. air. While that does not seem like a big number, it yields a massive performance increase across 32, 64, or 128 cores. ICCRead More

ICC COVID-19 Response

To maximize the containment of COVID-19, the state of Illinois has issued a state-wide “stay at home” order as of Saturday, March 21, 2020. While the evolving COVID-19 situation has presented new challenges, ICC is well prepared to continue to respond with the best interests of our employees, customers and other contacts at the center of our decision making andRead More

Linux System Load Averages

Helping to Understand the Mystery While load averages are a metric that are widely used for monitoring the health of a system. Quite a few organizations use this metric for capacity planing without fully understanding where the limits should be. But most admins are not sure how to read and or respond to a systems load average. They simply goRead More

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

Making Enterprise Storage a Little More Clear HGST and ICC Announce New Partnership

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with storage vendor HGST. Part of Western Digital and a leading provider of hard drives and SSDs, HGST’s high-quality products are a great addition to our enterprise storage solution lines. Over this last year we’ve been rigorously testing a number of different storage technologies to find the best options that our customers canRead More

ICC Awarded "Top Business for 2014" by Business Diversity

Here at ICC we are thrilled to have been recognized as a “Top Business for 2014” by DiversityBusiness.com. Each year DiversityBusiness.com surveys businesses in the United Sates. This year during the 14th annual survey, they examined over 1,300,000 organizations. ICC was one of the select few chosen based on their annual gross revenue, growth, and the demographics of their company.Read More

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