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Ace Computers' 6 Tips for Deciding on a Custom vs. Off-the-Shelf High Performance Computer (HPC)
[November 27, 2012]

Ace Computers' 6 Tips for Deciding on a Custom vs. Off-the-Shelf High Performance Computer (HPC)

Chicago, IL, Nov 27, 2012 ( via COMTEX) -- For those who have decided to buy a high performance computer (HPC), the second biggest decision will be whether to go with an off-the shelf version or one that's custom designed. To that end, Ace Computers has six great tips.

1.Does existing technology need to be integrated Without complex system components that need to be integrated into the HPC, off-the shelf is probably OK. Otherwise organizations will eliminate a lot of headaches and downtime with a custom solution that's designed from the start to be compatible with existing technology.

2.Will the HPC need to be upgraded within the next five years Most organizations start shopping for HPCs in the first place because they are growing so rapidly; and rapidly growing organizations usually have rapidly evolving technology needs. While an off-the shelf solution is expandable to a degree, it may not be expandable in ways that benefit the organization. A good custom builder will help forecast future needs and then will integrate specific expandability capabilities.

3.Is the intended use outside the mainstream If organizations are only looking for mega number crunching, then an off-the-shelf HPC should be OK. On the other hand, if the organization specializes in a particular area that requires niche, complex computing functionality a custom HPC will be the better option.

4.Is the organization on a tight budget Considering total cost of ownership (hardware purchase price, integration, fixed operating costs, employee training, etc.) a custom HPC will almost always be the better choice. One of the many reasons is that a good custom builder will be able to incorporate non-standard energy-saving features into the design.

5.How important is independent benchmarking Even though prices of HPCs have decreased dramatically (particularly in the last few years) they are still an investment. There's nothing worse than discovering that the off-the shelf system an organization bought doesn't perform to either the manufacturer's specifications or its own specifications. This is not an issue with custom HPCs that are independently built for and benchmarked to the client's intended use.

6.Will the organization need post-implementation support HPCs require specialized knowledge and a level of expertise that is far above that of a typical independent IT service provider. A custom builder will already know the system inside and out and will be available to provide support long after the purchase.

Once an organization has made the decision that a custom HPC is the best choice, here are a few traits to look for in an HPC builder: Do they provide 100% true customization that incorporates leading edge technology Do they offer top quality products that meet or exceed industry standards Do they offer an exact solution that's designed collaboratively and is expandable to the organization's future needs Will they design a system that will easily integrate into existing technology Will they thoroughly benchmark the system under conditions that replicate the intended use Do they offer comprehensive post-implementation support John Samborski, CEO of Ace Computers, explained, "There are a lot of companies that say they can design, develop, build, and support HPCs, but very few that can. Before you select a custom builder, look for proof in the way of references and case studies that they know what they're doing. We know our clients have a comfort level with us for many reasons, including the fact that we've been successfully building technology for almost 30 years." A good custom builder, like Ace Computers, works with multiple vendors, topologies, and infrastructures; they have experienced engineers with expertise in hardware and software solutions; their sales reps focus on HPC only (not consumer PC sales); and they have a strong (and long) track record.

Multiple award-winning Ace Technology Partners (Ace Computers) is a custom technology systems builder and reseller for the public sector as well as the commercial sector. It has been an industry leader since 1983. In addition to some of the finest academic institutions in the U.S., long-term clients include the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Ace Computers builds custom technology with the same components that top manufacturers use without the premium price. Its principal, recognized industry expert John Samborski, is an alumnus of Intel's prestigious board of advisors. In addition to its Greater Chicago headquarters, Ace Computers has locations in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho, and Nevada. To contact Ace Computers, call 1-877-223-2667 or 1-847-952-6900 or visit

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