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An Edgy solution for supporting remote locations

Suporting print infrastructure in remote locations does not come without its difficulties which can negatively impact IT’s time. In this article, we look at the main problems organizations face with print infrastructure in remote locations and how these can be resolved with Edge Computing.

My printing is faster than your printing…

There are three top pain points a business faces when supporting print services for remote offices. These pain points exist for businesses of all sizes and all are related to connectivity and speed.

Lag (Latency): Offices may experience a delay between hitting print and the printer actually receiving the job because all traffic is being sent through a network that may be slow and/or unreliable. Data is travelling from the local client to the printer via a remote server - no matter if that server is located in the headquarters, a private datacenter or in the Cloud. The user experience (and productivity) slows down. This problem often manifests itself in remote locations, branch offices, but may exist in your corporate headquarters environment too, because of QoS being implemented to optimize traffic for critical line of business applications. Printing is always a bit under the hood. We seldom realize how important it is for our business processes until it’s too late.

Bandwidth Costs: Printing isn't the only data-intensive activity requiring the network. Organizations transfer a constant stream of information over their network, and in an increasingly digitized world, this volume of data is rapidly increasing. The costs of data transfer - whether from the remote office to headquarters or to the Cloud and back - can be costly, especially when it cannot be scheduled or offloaded to off-peak times and needs to happen in real time.

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Data security & privacy: With data being constantly transmitted between remote offices to headquarters or to the Cloud, organizations worry about the security and privacy of their data and look for ways to reduce or eliminate any weaknesses where data could be intercepted or data-at-rest can be stolen. While cloud services are ramping up privacy and security and IaaS providers generally do a good job securing their environments, accidents happen. And it only takes one accident to steal a lot of varying customer data in a multi-tenant environment.

The Edgy solution

By using Edge Computing - where a local device processes print jobs, organizations can solve for these issues. 

  • Latency is eliminated as printing is processed on site, without requiring the network. Information about the job (the meta data) for reporting purposes can be sent when the network is available.

  • Bandwidth is reduced because job traffic remains local, travelling only from the client workstation to the Edge device and to the printer.  Only meta data is sent over the network.

  • Because print jobs are processed locally, data remains secure and private on the company’s network.

As the explosion of data continues, Edge Computing will play a vital role in overcoming the challenge of managing such vast volumes of data. Business Insider has predicted an excess of 5.6 billion devices will be connected to the Edge by 2020. And by 2022, IDC predicts that over 40% of organizations' cloud deployments will include Edge Computing. Edge technology allows organizations to better manage connectivity and keep data processing closer to where the data actually is, which can result in cost efficiencies and better services. 

Y Soft on the Edge

The benefits of using the Edge as part of your print infrastructure are undeniable. At Y Soft, we have continually invested in technology to help our customers achieve their print services goals while reducing IT’s burden on maintaining a print infrastructure. Embracing Edge technology is a natural step in fulfilling customers’ needs, and it is something we began doing in 2008 when we delivered the first solution with hybrid architecture based on the concepts which are now called Edge Computing.

Minimizing your print infrastructure pain points while enhancing the stability and functionality of your print environment even in remote locations, is what we are all about.

Edge Computing though brings its challenges. Picking an off-the-shelf hardware and installing Linux along with your application does not create an edge device. To achieve true manageability and reliability, many factors need to play well together. Dependable, zero maintenance hardware, secure middleware with reduced attack surfaces and an application designed for centralized management. Choosing the right Edge Computing solution requires proper due diligence and we are ready to assist you, not only with our solutions, but also with our 10+ years of experience.

Which of these problems are you currently facing? Are you ready to start using Edge technology? Get in touch.

Ondřej “Ondra” Krajíček
Ondřej “Ondra” Krajíček
Ondra is Y Soft’s go-to guy when it comes to Information Technology and its potential in Y Soft products and services. He has passion for matching state-of-the-art technology with customer needs, especially when we are speaking about complex qualities: reliability, scalability and availability. Besides that, Ondra loves teaching and tries to spend some of his time as a guest lecturer at his alma mater, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is currently relocating from the Czech Republic to the Dallas, Texas area.
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