Print Optimization – How To Deploy High Availability Printing
Have you been in a situation where you need to print last minute (at home or the office), only to find that your printer isn’t working when you need it the most?
Now imagine a surgeon needing to perform an emergency operation on a patient, only to find that he/she cannot obtain the necessary consent forms because the print server crashed. How do you optimize your print infrastructure to ensure maximum print uptime?
What is Fault Tolerance? High Availability & Printing
A fault tolerant setup typically consists of a system that has the ability to continue seamless operation even under circumstances where one or more of its components suffer from failure.
This is distinct from non-fault tolerant systems, where any component failure may result in total system collapse!
Fault tolerance tends to be in high demand in environments and industries where workflows and processes are critical and extremely time sensitive, such as the in the healthcare and financial industries.
Enterprise Pull Printing and the Need for High Availability
In today’s corporate world, decision makers are constantly looking for ways to improve their organizational efficiency through the effective adoption and implementation of the latest technologies.
With printing being an integral part of many enterprise workflows and processes, vendors in the managed print services industry introduced “pull printing”, a secure printing mechanism which only permits authorized users to obtain their hardcopy documents from printers.
Pull printing consists of users sending print jobs from their workstations to be stored on a virtual print queue within a print server.
High Availability Printing – How To Ensure Maximum Printing Uptime
In today’s fast paced mobile enterprise environment, a printing outage is more often than not a huge problem that results in loss of productivity and increased help desk calls.
In certain industries such as healthcare and government, even a minor printing issue can have a detrimental effect on their users or customers. It is crucial that enterprise business environments with a high dependency on maximum printing uptime take the time to properly make printing highly available within their IT infrastructures.