This Pike Research report examines the global market for PC power management and server power management. The study looks at the factors that are driving the market and those that are holding it back, and provides insights into the market issues and technology developments that are shaping how vendors approach the market now, and how that may change in the future. The report describes the competitive landscape, including vendor profiles and SWOT analyses, as well as revenue forecasts through 2015 for both the PC and server power management software markets.

Personal computers and servers account for a large portion of global information and communications technology (ICT) emissions, and the power they utilize is on a path to increase steadily in the coming years. The problem is that a great deal of the power they consume is wasted. The majority of PCs are left on in the evening and at weekends with only a relatively small number using their power management settings effectively. Servers use 60% of their maximum power while doing nothing at all and typically only run at around 15% utilization.

For companies looking to save costs and reduce emissions, PC power management tools offer a fast return on investment on software which may come free of charge, thanks to utility company rebates. Often, though, the IT department is not responsible for the power costs, and therefore does not see the benefits. This is an issue that may decide how the market develops as dedicated PC power management software providers vie with those that offer power management as part of a lifecycle management solution. While there is an increasing level of IT department concern about power use in the data center, managing servers is a sensitive issue with a variety of technologies and solutions. Much will depend on the development of standards and product integration.

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