November 15, 2007, 10:57 AM — Dell plans to release a reference architecture in the future that will pave
the way for enterprises to reduce power consumption and go green in the future,
Dell CEO Michael Dell said in a keynote at the Oracle OpenWorld 2007 conference
Reducing power consumption and going green is just one part of reducing IT
complexity in the future, he said.
Online transactions are putting an infinite demand on servers, which puts an
infinite demand on energy, Dell said. About 1.5 percent of U.S. energy in 2007
was consumed by datacenters and by 2011, 70 percent of U.S. corporations will
witness disruptions due to power constraints, Dell said, citing Gartner statistics.
Dell did not detail the reference architecture, but said it will help corporations
determine how green they are today, and help create plans to get more green
in the future. "We call it your Greenprint, stay tuned to hear more about
that," he said.
While the Greenprint reference architecture will help other companies, going
green starts within his organization, Dell said.
"Dell will be carbon neutral by the end of 2008," Dell said.
In addition to the green initiative, Dell also announced the new Latitude XT
tablet PC, which he said is the industry's thinnest 12.1-inch convertible laptop
and has a 25 percent brighter screen than competitors. It will support new "multitouch"
technology, said Kevin Kettler, Dell's chief technology officer, during an on-stage
In addition to using single-touch capabilities with a finger or stylist, the
laptop will bring multitouch capabilities to life with users being able to use
multiple fingers to draw lines or manage images simultaneously, Kettler said.
"It's going to be a great avenue for creative applications to be developed
around it," Kettler said. The system will ship in the next few months,
The company will also be announcing a new all-in-one PC next week, Dell said,
teasing the audience with a prototype on the stage.
As part of the effort to simplify IT, Dell also outlined efforts by the company
to ease IT support for enterprises and users. Dell announced that it would deliver
Solaris to users on its PowerEdge servers and support the Oracle VM hypervisor
for systems using Oracle software. The virtual machine will transition workload
seamlessly between machines, reducing system downtime while administrators perform
system maintenance like memory increases or software updates, Kettler said.