Storage vendor EMC Corp. last month announced its new business continuity offering, called Rapid Results, which the company says will enable customers to take advantage of the company’s products and service expertise and will deliver a “productive protection” solution for companies within 30 business days. EMC’s Global services offers a consultant to work with the customer throughout the entire process to develop a solution. The company says the program involves a variety of steps throughout its process: strategy and planning, which involves the assessment of the business systems and recovery requirements; the define and design step, which involves designing the solution; and implementation – the physical implementation of the hardware, software and other equipment required for the overall solution. The Hopkinton, Mass.-based company is on the Web at

Dell Comuputer Corp. this month launched its new High Performance Computing Clusters (HPCC) program in an attempt to give customers the opportunity to use inexpensive, standards-based servers and processors to build high-performance clustered environments. The Dell HPCC program consists of PowerEdge servers and validated software packages, which are available in 8-, 16-, 32- and 64-node configurations, according to the company. The configurations available are designed specifically to be clusters as a single system, enabling customers to add incremental processing as their business grows, Dell says. The company also said Dell Technology Consulting, along with MPI Software Technology Inc. and Paralogic, are offering software packages and service packages that included pre-sales consulting, implementation planning, solution design and on-site deployment. Pricing for the bundles, available in Canada after of Feb. 20, begins at US$75,000 for an 8-node cluster. For more information, visit www.