Posted by Jordan Pusey
Since 2008 or so, the enterprise sector has made a slow but concerted migration toward 64-bit architecture on account of such benefits as improved scalability, more powerful processing, and vastly increased memory addressability. Laptops, workstations, servers, and even mobile devices have shifted to a combination of 64-bit hardware and software to take advantage of these benefits. Yet that can result in a number of problems—especially 64-bit printing issues—in all kinds of network environments.
For print environments that continue to incorporate residual 32-bit architecture, the mix of 32- and 64-bit platforms can be especially tricky. Running the two in tandem involves the same concessions and workarounds as maintaining any other still-functional legacy technology: say, 802.11b WiFi networks or end-of-life operating systems. Many of the new 64-bit advantages will be unavailable to legacy devices. At the same time, supporting backwards compatibility with 32-bit devices has the potential to handicap the functionality of the 64-bit devices while regularly eating up engineers’ time and energy.
Not everything is smooth sailing for environments that are exclusively 64-bit, either. Some printers still lack 64-bit drivers, so they must be sidelined or retired in the new environment – which can mean a loss of productivity or additional hardware expense to replace them. And if a 32-bit guest tries to enter to the print environment, it will most likely result in long calls to the service desk as the problems are ironed out.
Common 64-bit printing issues include:
PrinterLogic’s print management software is an easy-to-implement, enterprise-wide fix for 64-bit printing issues like these. By providing effortless print driver management, universal printing support, centralized printer administration, and automated deployment without the need for group policy objects (GPOs) or scripts, it eliminates driver incompatibilities and prolongs the useful life of legacy devices in hybrid as well as all-64-bit print environments.
With PrinterLogic, 32-bit and 64-bit drivers can coexist seamlessly and be quickly configured for specific workstations. What’s more, PrinterLogic has the ability to eliminate print servers altogether, further reducing the 64-bit printing issues—not to mention all the other hassles—that can arise in print environments that continue to rely on them. That not only makes your organization’s 64-bit printing transition smoother, it makes all of enterprise print management easier and more cost-effective.