What’s Next for IT Power Management for the Endpoint

IT Power Management, particularly for endpoint computers, faces a very interesting conundrum. Think back to the summer when the economy was teetering, but had not yet completely imploded, and gas was over $4 a gallon. It did not take a lot of effort to get people engaged in a discussion about saving money by turning off PC’s at night. Fast forward to today, with gas at dipping below $2, unemployment reaching 10%, and budgets and staff being slashed. Not surprisingly, power management is a much harder sell.

But the fact remains that it is an enormous waste of energy to leave a PC on at night. Not to mention that even with conservative cost savings of $20 per PC per year – beware of vendors using Honolulu kilowatt rates in their ROI calculators – the product easily pays for itself in the first year.

The obvious answer is that endpoint power management won’t likely survive as a standalone product set and will gain real adoption when it is integrated into broader solutions that perform compliance and configuration oriented tasks on endpoint machines.

For Triumfant, adding power management was a seamless and logical extension of our capabilities. Power management encompasses an extremely small set of attributes compared to what we normally monitor (300 out of 200,000) and by adding the appropriate policies and reports and integrating controls for standard functionality such as Wake-on-LAN to our configuration and remediation functionality, Triumfant has the features and functions of the point solutions. The bottom line is that you get the functionality and the cost savings without having to introduce a point product, a new console, and the costs of ramping up the support staff.

But wait, there’s more: the hard ROI from implementing power management can pay for the costs of a much broader set of functionality, giving organizations a huge advantage when vying for budget dollars. Think about it – an actual win/win scenario that even contributes to the greater good. Put in that perspective, endpoint power management may just have a chance after all.