Power Management Savings Overlooked by Businesses: Report
Lack of adoption could also be due to IT administrators' inflated expectations of built-in power-saving technologies.PC power management (PCPM) is overlooked by business organizations, despite the cost savings it can deliver, according to a report by Ovum. According to the independent technology analyst firm, average power consumption savings of 40 percent are being ignored, due in part to fear from IT departments that PCPM solutions may disrupt core IT operations. In the company's report assessing 11 of the leading PCPM solutions, Ovum points to annual power consumption savings of around $36 per PC, and associated reductions of 380 kilowatt-hour (kWh) and 586 pounds of CO2 per PC per year. Additionally, the payback period for many solutions is expected to be no more than six months, and in the U.S. the solution costs may be completely offset by utility rebates, the report noted.
"With the cost of electricity rising and increasing pressure on organizations to implement sustainability initiatives, PCPM solutions can be an effective way to reduce energy consumption, and therefore operating costs," said Rhonda Ascierto, Ovum senior analyst and author of the report. However, even though Ovum research shows IT budgets remaining flat in 2011 and growing carbon-reduction requirements and mandates, many IT decision-makers continue to forgo PCPM, despite its significant cost-saving benefits.