When organizations are looking to reduce their infrastructure and simplify their print environments, one of the most common pieces of advice they’re bound to get is consolidate—which, in IT terms, means making one device do the work previously handled by multiple devices. In traditional print environments that continue to rely on print servers, the resulting process of consolidation usually involves eliminating print servers in remote locations and centralizing their print servers at a primary location instead.
In principle, this is an incredibly effective way of shrinking print infrastructure. Now a company with, say, remote offices in Miami, New York and London can make use of one or more centralized print servers at its main location in Los Angeles. By eliminating its remote print servers, the company has saved itself ongoing costs of procurement, operation and maintenance at those branches, and its on-site IT team is able to carry out print server management for the entire enterprise at a single location. A much smaller support staff can remain at the various branches to service the printers themselves.
Unfortunately, there are real problems with centralized print servers, problems that tend to get overlooked in the excitement over cost-cutting and simplification of print server management. Let’s take a look at two of the most glaring issues below:
But take heart. Consolidation without compromise is possible. PrinterLogic’s next-generation enterprise print management solution delivers all the benefits of centralized print server management and reduced infrastructure—without the print servers!
That’s because PrinterLogic leverages proven direct IP printing to create local connections between client devices and printers. So even in the unlikely event of a central server outage, end users can keep printing as usual with no loss of core functionality. That removes the risk of a single point of failure that is common with centralized print servers. Better still, PrinterLogic keeps print job traffic between local devices, minimizing WAN traffic. And thanks to PrinterLogic’s acclaimed centralized management console, admins can deploy, edit and remove printers anywhere in the organization from a single pane of glass.
If you’re looking to consolidate, look no further. PrinterLogic will minimize your print infrastructure footprint while enhancing the stability and functionality of your print environment.