The Skull Canyon Intel® NUC Invades Cincinnati

Intel NUC6i7KYK

The Intel® NUC6i7KYK packs the power of a gaming PC in a case with less volume than two cans of soda.

We recently wrote about how one Spanish company is using Intel® NUC Mini PCs to create a realistic and accurate flight simulator to help train pilots. In that case, SimLoc Research networked six Intel NUCs together to simulate the complex functions of an entire aircraft so individual pilots can train while on the ground. In our post below we talk to one user who uses networked Intel NUCs in a way that serves much more than one person at a time.

Intel NUC Mini PCs get around. Thanks to their portability, adaptability, and power, you’ll find them in the depths of data centers, in towering skyscrapers, in living rooms, and in IT closets. Well, we found one in the heartland of the United States being used by Rob Steele, a Consulting Systems Engineer specializing in hyperconverged infrastructure for RoundTower Technologies. RoundTower is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based firm that specializes in helping its customers become more agile and efficient through the use of technology. We asked Steele why he uses the Skull Canyon Intel NUC (officially known as the NUC6i7KYK).

Q and A

Q: HOW DO YOU USE YOUR SKULL CANYON INTEL NUC?
A: Currently, I’m running windows® 10 on it as a VMWARE workstation host. In the virtual machine (VM), I run various data center software for testing. I also have a VM setup where I do photo and video editing. In fact, it works so well, I would love some more Intel NUCs so I could build a hyperconverged cluster.

Q: HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE SETTING UP THE INTEL NUC?
A: The Intel NUC is a very powerful piece of hardware in a very small form factor. Not only was it the easiest setup I’ve seen with zero driver issues or additional downloads needed, but I could see multiple variations of a setup including a two-node vSphere cluster, a three-node Nutanix cluster, or even a three or more node ScaleIO storage cluster for high performance and low latency storage that could scale to thousands of nodes. The Intel NUC delivers great use cases for businesses and also some great uses for development or test environments looking for a small form factor with big performance.

Q: DO YOU USE THE INTEL NUC OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE AS WELL?
A: Yes! When I’m not working, I love gaming and the Skull Canyon Intel NUC makes for an amazing gaming device. Also a very underappreciated feature is how quiet it is. If you are live streaming a game or recording a podcast, the quietness is perfect. I do everything on the Intel NUC.

Q: SO NOW THAT YOU’VE USED THE SKULL CANYON INTEL NUC, WOULD YOU RETURN TO A MORE TRADITIONAL COMPUTING HARDWARE?
A: Never! The boot time and performance of the M.2 NVMe storage has impressed me so much, I can never go back to spinning disk or SATA SSD.

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