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SaaS Printing in Your Citrix or VMware Environment

Posted by Jordan Pusey on July 10th, 2017

Software as a service (SaaS) has taken the enterprise and SMB spaces by storm, and it's not hard to see why. SaaS solutions, such as collaborative document editing or SaaS printing, provide organizations with the ability to enjoy enterprise-level features and support at a reasonable subscription-based cost.

As the prevailing wisdom goes, however, SaaS solutions are still in their infancy and don't always handle special requirements smoothly. Therefore they're best suited to organizations that have traditional, run-of-the-mill IT infrastructures. So, for example, customers with a Citrix or VMware virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment wouldn't draw much benefit from a SaaS print management solution because it would require too many workarounds to make it sufficiently time-saving or cost effective.

At PrinterLogic, we're accustomed to challenging the prevailing wisdom. Our popular on-premises print management solution proved that organizations of any size could completely eliminate their print servers—something they once thought impossible—in exchange for a far more feature-rich and easy-to-manage enterprise printing solution that brought newfound stability and flexibility to their print environment. With incredible ROI to boot. Thanks to its seamless integration with VDI solutions, PrinterLogic's next-generation print management software even enabled organizations with virtual environments to enjoy the same power, availability and ease of use in VDI printing. Well, now the same can be said of SaaS printing.

PrinterCloud is PrinterLogic's SaaS print management solution, and it integrates just as seamlessly with VDI environments such as Citrix and VMware as our on-premises solution. And yet, as you might expect from PrinterLogic, PrinterCloud delivers all the benefits your organization would want to derive from the forward-thinking SaaS printing model.

In a Citrix environment, PrinterCloud imports all the information typically stored on a print server, including name, location, IP address, drivers and profiles, during the simple migration process. From that point onward, fat clients can print directly to network printers and zero clients can print to the network printers via the central Citrix server. Better still? With PrinterCloud's SaaS printing, the need for print servers is gone. You can simply eliminate them from your print infrastructure. Oh, and best of all? You'll enjoy effortless cloud-based SaaS print management that is simply unattainable with typical VDI printing solutions.

To name just a few of the advantages of SaaS print management with PrinterCloud, depending on how your organization chooses to implement our SaaS printing solution:

  • Deliver printers to end users automatically according to Active Directory (AD) criteria, subnet, hostname, etc.
  • Empower end users with a self-service portal to identify and install nearby printers themselves
  • Easily manage printers and drivers via an intuitive cloud-based administrative portal
  • Accurately deploy printers and drivers without using group policy objects (GPOs) or scripts

And because PrinterCloud is such a versatile yet consistent SaaS print management solution, the implementation and advantages are almost identical for VMware setups.

PrinterCloud refutes the idea that SaaS printing is still beyond the reach of virtual environments. By taking PrinterLogic's advanced approach to enterprise print management and transferring it to the cloud, PrinterCloud provides organizations that use Citrix or VMware with even more flexibility in terms of cost and implementation. Take a look at this brief video to see how straightforward and effective PrinterCloud can be when it comes to SaaS print management in VDI environments, and then start your free trial to see how seamlessly it can be implemented in your organization.

Jordan K. Pusey
Jordan K. Pusey
With more than 15 years of product marketing experience, Jordan has been been instrumental in helping IT software companies produce valuable software solutions and achieve growth. From IT desktop operations to infrastructure and security, Jordan has talked and written about sound IT best practices, amazing time and money saving products, and industry trends. At PrinterLogic, he leads the company's product marketing efforts and loves talking about how organizations of all sizes can eliminate the need for print servers.

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