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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

Virtualization: What Can It Really Do For My Business?

In part one of our series on virtualization, we examined the basics: what is it, and how does it work? Now, it’s time for the million-dollar question — what can virtualization really do for my business? Here are five essential benefits. Cost Common wisdom says that virtualization costs more than the cloud. In virtualized environments, you spend money on hardwareRead More

Back To Basics: What Is Virtualization?

You’ve heard the term “virtualization.” You’ve heard that it can save you money, improve performance and let seemingly incompatible systems work together. But for many companies, the transition from theoretical benefits to in-house application isn’t always so simple. Part of the problem is confusion — what exactly is virtualization, and how does it work? Let’s get back to basics.  WhatRead More

What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest Overclocked Server

When it comes to high frequency trading, speed is a major priority. You need to have the fastest network and servers to ensure that there are little to no latency between one’s desktop and the exchanges. When it comes to servers, there are a lot on the market today. However, only a few have the capacity and juice to guaranteeRead More

Intel's Haswell Xeon E5-2600 V3: The New Server Solution?

At the end of August 2014, Intel took the wraps off its Haswell-E line of CPUs, a significant upgrade over last year’s Haswell thanks to a focus on sheer throughput and performance. Now, the chipmaker is rolling out the Xeon E5-2600 V3: here’s why you should take a look at this new CPU.  The Workhorse, Revisited Intel’s E5 lineup hasRead More

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