Vendors such as VMWare, Cassatt, Microsoft, IBM, and others offer server power management products or features. However, they don't appear to be enjoying a high rate of adoption. One of the most likely reasons for this, Washburn explains: "Administrators perceive the potential risks of powering down servers to be too high to justify only minimal energy savings."
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Overall, Forrester doesn't see a bright future for server power management, compared to technologies such as server virtualization. "The business value of this technology is limited since it likely will not expand beyond organizations with significant test and development labs with no 24-by-7 service-level commitments," Washburn concludes.
The Forrester report "TechRadar For I&O Professionals: Green IT 1.0 Technologies, Q2 2009" is available for $1,999. Forrester stresses that its TechRadar methodology comprises predictions "based on the best information available at a given point in time" and is updated regularly to address technology innovative, business demands, and so forth.