With the growing popularity of cloud services, it is not surprising that the cloud has expanded into printing. Cloud printing is a service that allows users to print from any device on the network.
Cloud printing connects digital devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, and workstations to printer stations. In comparison, traditional printing via cables is plagued by software driver issues, compatibility issues, and device connectivity issues.
Today's cloud printing service eliminates the need for printer drivers, instead connecting the printer and device and allowing the printer to receive digital information via the cloud. As a result, users can enjoy consistent, dependable printing across the network, regardless of the hardware or location.
How Cloud Printing Works
Cloud printing services enable you to print from any web-enabled device by routing print jobs from your computer, smartphone, or tablet to an internet-enabled printer.
It also allows users to quickly discover printers and print from their devices without having to install drivers.
The diagram below depicts a general setup for Cloud printing services. When your company's users submit a print job, the Cloud service routes it to the specified printer and formats it.
Cloud printing works with both cloud-ready printers and legacy printers, with the device typically requiring the installation of a cloud print connector.
The advantages of Cloud Printing
Costs: Cloud printing enables businesses to meet print-on-demand requirements, lowering print costs and eliminating the need to purchase, deploy, and manage hardware and software.
Go Green: Cloud printing can also assist businesses in lowering their carbon footprint. Printing from the cloud reduces carbon emissions from transportation and waste generation.
Bring Your Own Device: With cloud printing, employees can print from any device without worrying about compatibility or drivers, reducing the need for help desk support.
Software updates: are handled automatically and in real-time by the cloud. The most recent features and fixes will be available.
Simplicity: Cloud printing provides a simple and convenient solution for everyone; users no longer need to worry about software, drivers, or cables. Setting up cloud printing is simple and quick.
IT Servers: Installing and maintaining cloud printing costs a fraction of the price of investing in your own IT infrastructure.