Most enterprise cloud print software will require routing via a remote server – meaning the print job needs to travel across the WAN network to cloud printing hub, and then back across the WAN to the local printer. Even if the actual devices are only a foot away from each other, the job still has to hop across multiple networks and offsite to get from A to B.
In today’s tech circles, you can barely go 2 sentences without coming across some mention of the cloud. And rightly so! The cloud has revolutionised the way computing is used and installed forever, and significantly reduced the costs of physical infrastructure for businesses across the world. But in some areas, cloud computing has put a critical choke point into the mix, particularly when it comes to enterprise cloud printing. In this case, it’s the utter dependence cloud printing has on WAN.
The Drawback Of WAN
Of course, this reliance on WAN has some pretty significant drawbacks. Our partners at PrinterLogic explain them in their article:
An overreliance on WAN has three major drawbacks:
- It introduces a single point of failure. If the WAN connection is interrupted in any way, cloud printing is halted across the organisation. An Organisation will either need to invest in expensive, always -on failover strategies or it will have to brace itself for the inevitable flood of support calls and loss of productivity when the WAN fails.
- It exacerbates WAN bottlenecks. On account of its finite bandwidth, the WAN connection already acts like a constraint on network traffic. When data-hungry print jobs are regularly travelling across the WAN, the available bandwidth for other applications shrinks. This can mean slower browsing and choppier communications if you’re using some form of VoIP solution.
- It can result in slower printing. Even if the WAN is functioning normally and network traffic is relatively light, the fact that your enterprise cloud print software routes every print job along this long, WAN-dependant path increases the likelihood that your end users will have a slower cloud printing experience.
Because this dependence on the WAN is unavoidable for the vast majority of enterprise cloud printing solutions, these shortcomings tend to come with the territory.
But There Is Another Way
This doesn’t sound like a very sustainable way to manage cloud print long term. Which is why PrinterLogic has developed a solution called PrinterCloud, which can be provided by partners such as us.
“PrinterCloud is a next-generation enterprise cloud printing solution that leverages the same underlying direct IP paradigm as its on-premises counterpart, PrinterLogic. Direct IP printing enables PrinterCloud to establish point-to-point connections between clients and printers, so a WAN connection is no longer necessary when cloud printing. End users click “Print” from their clients and the print job travels across the local network to the printer—the shortest, fastest, most reliable route. In addition to eliminating the single point of failure associated with the WAN, PrinterCloud eliminates those other long-standing single points of failure: print servers. By implementing PrinterCloud, you can realize all the anticipated benefits of cloud printing by reducing your traditional print infrastructure to almost nil. No more server migrations, server upgrades and server maintenance. Ever.”
With PrinterCloud, you can enjoy the freedom of a simplified print environment and management, without the reliance on WAN protocols. At Tipac, we provide PrinterCloud solutions to UK customers, along with other print management solutions and software to suit any infrastructure or environment. For more information, or to book your free demo, just get in touch with us today.