For years we’ve dreamed of the eco-friendly paperless office. Though it’s closer to reality than ever before, the need for a printer hasn’t gone away. If you continue to rely on printing documents then you can still reduce the resources and power used by printers by investing in a print server.
A print server is a solution for streamlining printing that will work for all sorts of businesses of different sizes. Whether you’re a small business with an inkjet printer attached to each workstation or a larger business with a number of networked printers, a print server can be very beneficial.
A print server offers a number of bonuses. One of them is that it allows you to free up network space for more important tasks. It might surprise you to learn that network printing can be a major part of the total activity the network handles – as much as fifty percent, or even more in some cases. If half of the staff in the office are busy putting together their contributions to the TPS report or some other important document, churning out drafts and then multiple copies, you may even see a significant drop in network performance overall. Network overload can really impact on communications.
One way to deal with this is to have a computer that’s dedicated to handling the printing output. This will definitely work but it’s not a cheap solution and it’s not easy to configure it to handle printing traffic from multiple computers. This where a print server comes.
With a print server on your office network you’ll easily be able to handle that printing traffic, even at times of peak demand. It also does it all independently of your file server, so it won’t place a noticeable burden on your network. A print server has other benefits as well. Because they’re specially designed to handle printing they incorporate a number of useful features to make the task more efficient. Using a dedicated PC for printing won’t give you those handy extras.
A print server could take the stress off your network and save you money. If you’d like a list of all of the features that a print server offers, give Quikteks a call at (973) 882-4644. We’ll advise you on how to select a print server solution that’s suitable for your organization and your particular printing requirements.