Posted by Andrew Miller
Generally speaking, print servers have two possible implementations. The first involves deploying multiple print servers across an organization, effectively distributing the total printing load. This means that the inevitable print server crashes are more localized and will only affect a smaller portion of end users, but it drives up the costs of procurement, administration, maintenance and upgrades. The second implementation involves printing with a single server, which consolidates the print infrastructure.
The appeal of printing with a single server should be obvious. Reduced infrastructure! Lower costs! Centralized administration! Ah, but not so fast. Just as there are drawbacks with multi-server implementations, so too, there are drawbacks with single-server printing—at least as far as traditional print servers are concerned. These include:
As you can see, printing with a single server is fraught with challenges and risks. Fortunately, PrinterLogic has developed a next-generation print management solution that is able to deliver the benefits of single-server printing without the usual drawbacks posed by print servers—even (and especially) in distributed environments.
That’s because our enterprise print management solution leverages the strengths of direct IP printing to establish one-to-one connections between client machines and local printers. In the event of a WAN outage, for example, PrinterLogic enables end users to continue printing as usual with no loss of functionality. And by the same token, PrinterLogic also frees up WAN bandwidth, as routine outgoing and incoming print-related data traffic is minimized. Advantages like those are all but impossible with single-server printing using conventional print servers.
At the same time, PrinterLogic’s enterprise print management solution provides effortless centralized printer and driver management, self-service printer installation for end users, dynamic automated deployments without the use of group policy objects (GPOs) and scripts, seamless integration with virtual solutions (e.g., Citrix, VMware), and even the ability to add Mobile Printing and Secure Printing functionality. All with the minimal footprint—and cost—through printing with a single server. In other words: No pain, all gain.