According to a report published last week by Pike Research, the PC and server power management software market is set to expand nearly fivefold from $168m in 2010 to $783m annually by 2015. The report forecasts that PC power management software alone could be saving almost 47 MTCO2e of emissions by 2015, equivalent to taking nearly eight million cars off the road.
Power management tools offer a fast return on investment for companies looking to save costs and reduce emissions and in some countries the software may even come free of charge, thanks to utility company rebates. But the cost benefit is often not enough to encourage IT departments to adopt power management solutions, because they don’t pay for the electricity the equipment uses. Much of the market development will depend on the greater involvement of IT departments in reducing energy costs and emissions.
The PC power management market will also be shaped by competition between dedicated software providers and those that offer power management as part of a desktop lifecycle management solution. Much will depend on product integration and ease of use together with comparisons between cost and functionality required by users.
The largest market sector for PC power management segment solutions over the next five years will be Public Sector computing, followed by Financial Services and Retail/Wholesale. Smaller, but still significant, vertical markets will include Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Services, Transport, and Energy/Utilities.
Firstly, I have to declare an interest here, as I wrote the report, but there is a lot in it. The report looks at what’s driving the market and what’s holding it back and provides insights into market issues and technology developments and how they may change. It also describes the competitive landscape, with vendor profiles and SWOT analyses, and has global revenue forecasts through to 2015.
Full details are here. Tell them I sent you.