A December 2018 study found that 85% of companies are already reporting moderate to extensive production use of cloud infrastructure, and industry analysts predict that 83% of enterprise workloads will be cloud-based by 2020. The move to the cloud is no longer a cutting-edge trend; It’s a mainstream practice that permeates nearly every enterprise IT strategy.
Even as companies transition their traditional on-premises infrastructure to the cloud, there’s still the potential to fall back into old habits—starting with the migration itself. Many organizations tend to take a lift-and-shift approach, which more or less moves components from the current infrastructure to a cloud-based solution.
That might be convenient (at first) but it also runs the risk of retaining many of the drawbacks of the previous solution. In some cases, it’s like putting an old engine in a new vehicle. Nowhere is that analogy more appropriate than with legacy technology such as print servers.
Instead of migrating print servers to the cloud, why not fully eliminate physical infrastructure from your environment and move to a flexible and scalable print-management platform that’s easier to administer, more robust, and more transparent to your end users? I’m talking about a PrinterLogic solution called PrinterLogic SaaS (formerly PrinterCloud).
The drawbacks of migrating server-based printing
Before looking more closely at PrinterLogic SaaS, let’s review the shortcomings of server-based printing—shortcomings that continue in the cloud. Admins have lived with these drawbacks so long that they’ve come to accept them as an inevitable part of enterprise printing. Calling them out here will help clarify what organizations stand to gain from a serverless printing platform built around centrally managed direct-IP printing.
Figure 1: Migrating print servers to the cloud retains single points of failure and reduces print security.
Simply migrating print servers to the cloud can compound the complexity of your print infrastructure—and some of these issues as a result. What that boils down to is more time spent troubleshooting, more resources devoted to print management, and more burden on the support team as they field more print-related help-desk calls.
PrinterLogic SaaS is powerful, secure, platform-agnostic serverless printing
When organizations move to the cloud, they’re hoping to achieve an ideal combination of lower costs, greater ease of use, more flexibility and less physical infrastructure. PrinterLogic SaaS is the enterprise printing solution that delivers on all those counts.
Figure 2: PrinterLogic SaaS provides a serverless, secure, and highly available printing environment.
Whether your organization is planning a full migration, a hybrid cloud/on-prem approach, or is starting fresh, PrinterLogic SaaS makes it easy to eliminate print servers once and for all in favor of a superior centrally managed direct-IP printing infrastructure. It turns migration into the perfect opportunity to move your print environment beyond the status quo.
Furthermore, PrinterLogic takes any guesswork out of implementing PrinterLogic SaaS by offering a free 30-day trial. Before you start migrating, sign up today and thoroughly test drive our serverless SaaS printing solution in your own organization.