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Need to Keep Computers Running 24×7 for Patch Maintenance, Upgrades Cited as
Chief Reasons for Slow Technology Adoption
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
KACE, the leading systems management appliance company, today announced the
results from new research that revealed 93 percent of IT professionals surveyed
believe desktop power management has the potential to reduce overall IT costs.
In fact, for IT professionals who manage computer power, desktop management has
surpassed data center power management in importance. The vast majority of
survey participants believe there is an opportunity to save energy and reduce
costs by practicing power management. However, less than half are actively
managing desktop power usage today. The top reason cited for not implementing a
power management strategy is the need to keep computers running at all times for
patching and system upgrades.

Power management is an important topic for many corporate IT departments that
are seeking ways to save money, while reducing their impact to the environment.
The research, consisting of an online survey of more than 500 worldwide
participants representing a wide range of IT functions, was conducted by market
research firm Dimensional Research. The goal of the survey was to gather current
opinions around desktop power management strategies. The research showed
two-thirds of companies surveyed have established “green” initiatives and almost
all of IT executives surveyed felt that desktop power management is beneficial
to a company`s bottom-line, yet only 44 percent are actively practicing power

“The research shows that the majority of businesses see the importance of
powering down computers to save money, but most are still hesitant to do so
because of their need to ensure important patches and system updates are being
applied,” said Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst for Dimensional Research
and the survey`s author. “The desire is there for businesses to reduce costs and
their overall carbon footprint, but actual adoption of desktop power management
is still early in practice.”

A summary of the key findings from the survey include:

* 93 percent of survey respondents believe desktop power management will reduce
* 56 percent do not manage desktop power usage in any way;
* 58 percent of front-line IT professionals surveyed lack visibility into cost
savings from desktop power management;
* Only 10 percent indicate use of a commercially developed solution to manage
desktop power;
* Most respondents indicated the number one feature needed in a commercial
solution for desktop power management is easy scheduling of policies with
upgrading and patching for windows;
* 81 percent of respondents want a desktop power management solution that is
integrated with their systems management solution;
* 95 percent of IT executives believe desktop power management will reduce costs
compared to 89 percent of “frontline” IT professionals.

Understanding the need for IT organizations to manage power, yet still ensure
the security and currency of their systems, the award-winning KBOX family of
systems management appliances by KACE allows organizations to set standby and
shutdown power management policies coordinated with their configuration and
patching maintenance windows. KBOX Configuration and Policy management allows
administrators to control the amount of power a computer uses by enforcing power
settings and scheduling shutdowns. Further, integrated Wake-on-LAN (WOL)
capabilities allow administrators to automatically and safely power down
machines when not in use, and in turn powers them back up for after-hours
maintenance. Administrators can additionally use flexible KBOX reporting to
track power policy adoption and the savings achieved.

“The ability for KBOX to automatically power down at night, yet still update
patches and handle ongoing system and software updates, has led to incredible
cost savings,” said Juancho Forlanda, network supervisor for Information
Services at Stockton Unified School District. “Using the power savings
capabilities of KBOX also led to rebates from our local utility, Pacific Gas and
Electric. KBOX easily manages our most important desktop management tasks, saves
us money and allows us to be environmentally friendly.”

A complimentary copy of the Dimensional Research report, titled “Desktop Power
Management: A Survey of Technology Professionals,” is available at:

Survey Methodology

In August 2009, an independent database of IT professionals from small,
mid-sized and large IT organizations worldwide were emailed and invited to
participate in the Web survey on the topic of power management for desktop and
laptop computers. The 524 participants were not compensated for participation
and represent a wide range of IT functions, including hands-on professionals (35
percent), IT managers (32 percent), IT executives (26 percent) and others.

About KACE

KACE is the leading systems management appliance company. The award-winning KBOX
family of appliances delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive systems management
capabilities. KACE customers usually install in one day and enjoy the lowest
total cost compared to software alternatives.

KACE is headquartered in Mountain View, California. To learn more about KACE and
its product offerings, please visit http://www.kace.com or call 1-877-MGMT-DONE.
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