Print management software provider ThinPrint warns that businesses are going down the wrong path to achieve high availability when printing.
In a survey of 1,500 attendees at VMworld Las Vegas and Barcelona, 68% expressed a belief that high availability when printing is guaranteed solely by virtualising print servers.
However, ThinPrint points out that virtualising print servers mainly protects against hardware or virtual server failures and that far more common print-specific problems, such as faulty printer drivers or driver incompatibility, are not solved by virtualisation alone.
In the survey, 49% said that high availability is required for printing in their companies. More than half (58%) of respondents have already virtualised their print servers, with an additional 15% planning to do so in the near future. Of these, 50% did so/plan to do so to achieve high availability or easier maintenance.