Dell CEO Michael Dell told a
reporter this week at an appearance that his company would be
bringing its Android-powered mini 3i mobile phone to the U.S.
sometime next year. Dell didn't mention what carrier would be
handling the phone, but rumors
point to AT&T as the provider.
Jean-Baptiste Su from
TechPulse was the journalist that Dell opened up to about the
firm's smartphone plans. Su told eWeek that the Android
smartphone would hit the U.S. in the early
months of 2010.
Dell commented on the smartphone market
during his dinner speech saying, "The internet in your pocket
... and new platforms that are coming out are pretty interesting.
Some of them resemble things that we're pretty familiar with, in
terms of open systems and the ability to compete in an open
ecosystem. I think you'll begin to see us show up there,
Dell also said that since his company had
purchased EqualLogic the firm had grown from 3,300 customers to
10,000. Dell also talked about servers saying, "A lot of what
goes on in the data center is being gobbled up by servers. We see
switching, for example, rapidly collapsing into the servers. You've
got virtualized switches, but even the switches that aren't
virtualized -- they're now sitting inside blade chassis. Not that
long ago, it looked like intelligence was getting sucked out of the
server and it was going somehow into the network, but actually now it
looks like it's going the other way. The server is becoming the
epicenter of the data center, and you're seeing the switches get
embedded inside the server. I'm sure there are plenty of other
opinions out there."
Dell also said that the purchase of
EqualLogic made the company the largest seller of iSCSI SANs and
called the category the fastest growing segment of the storage
market. Dell also talked briefly about a new machine called the
Latitude 2100 that it is marketing to schools.
like a netbook or notebook, but it's actually a system," Dell
said. "It comes on a cart, with a whole bunch of these things.
They come in different colors, you roll the cart in, you take them
out, give them to the students. You pump them back in, they charge
up, they have the networking all built in. Our sales of this
2100 system have been many times what we thought, and the schools
just love it, because it fits their application really perfectly."