Should we move our print management to the cloud? That’s a question many CTOs and enterprise decision-makers are asking themselves these days. It doesn’t matter whether their organization is small, regional or global in size, or whether they’re focused on education, healthcare or engineering. The simple fact is that cloud print management is quickly becoming a solid and attractive option on account of its cost model and its potential to significantly reduce physical infrastructure.
Cloud Print And Print Management – What’s The Difference?
If you’ve found yourself among those who need to decide whether to move your print capabilities to the cloud, then there is one thing you need to bear in mind. And that’s the important distinction between cloud printing and cloud print management. Because while they might sound similar, they are actually quite different. Our partners at PrinterLogic explain in their article:
- “Cloud printing promises nothing more than print functionality – that is, relaying the print job from the client to the printer. Many cloud printing services limit themselves to this and offer little in the way of print management, making them more like a cloud print server than a total enterprise cloud printing solution. It isn’t uncommon to find that they need to be augmented with a dedicated print management solutions to streamline printer deployments with other tasks.”
- “When done right, cloud print management encompasses printer administration as well as enterprise-grade print capabilities. This is the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution of its kind, as it enables your organisation to truly minimise it’s physical print infrastructure while enjoying all the advantages of the cloud, such as ubiquitous management and cross-platform compatibility.”
Being careful to distinguish between the two at this early stage could save you a lot of time, money and frustration in your search for the right solution.
Another key differentiator between cloud printing and cloud print management is WAN reliance. Like many cloud-based services, most enterprise cloud printing and print management solutions require constant WAN access to manage their essential functions. If the WAN connection is interrupted, access to the cloud print server is lost and printing cannot take place until service is restored. PrinterLogic explain:
“That alone might be the most significant reason why organizations remain hesitant toward migrating to enterprise cloud printing. With cloud-based file syncing, for example, end users can continue to work offline until the connection is restored. But printing doesn’t wait. Just ask your support staff when printing downtime occurs. But PrinterCloud is unique in providing a comprehensive cloud print management solution with minimal WAN reliance. By leveraging direct IP printing in combination with effortless centralized management, it enables your organization to enjoy full-featured, high-availability enterprise cloud printing without compromise.”
Not only that, but it blends seamlessly into any environment, without the need for extensive installation and configuration for every new printer deployment. Our solution also provides compatibility with non-branded printers, as well as a suite of powerful print management tools, helping your IT department stay on top of driver deployments with ease.
At Tipac, we partner with companies like PrinterLogic to provide these cutting-edge technologies into the UK market. With our help, your business could see the full benefits of cloud print management, without having to struggle through the typical cloud printing mistakes first. For more information, or to arrange your free demo, just get in touch with the team today.