Secure Network Printing Solutions

Between high-profile ransomware attacks and repeated data breaches, enterprise data security is in the headlines like never before. That means it’s also at the front of people’s minds like never before. Keeping data safe has quickly become a top priority for any organization that’s concerned about the privacy of its own information as well as its public reputation.

The importance of the print environment in all this hasn’t gone unnoticed. According to a 2019 report from Quocirca, close to two-thirds of organizations rank print as one of their top five security risks. And more than three-quarters of them are boosting their spending on network printing solutions that offer features like secure printing in order to help minimize data loss.

In most print environments, you’ll find three common vulnerabilities:

1. Central points of attack: With traditional print infrastructures like print servers, you’ve got one device handling printing for an entire pool of users. From a print security standpoint, that’s just the same as putting all your eggs in one basket. Hackers who want access to a rich pot of data can just target the job queues or caches on the print servers.

Furthermore, print servers’ single points of failure restrict print availability. When the server goes offline, so does printing.

2. Printed document exposure: So-and-so prints a personal email, gets distracted, and forgets to pick it up. Then someone else finds that printed email sitting in the printer’s output tray and just happens to read it, resulting in lots of embarrassment.

We’ve all seen something like that happen. Maybe we’ve been guilty of it ourselves. And what’s worse, sometimes it’s more than just a personal email. It could be private company memos or documents detailing serious HR shake-ups or top-secret products.

3. Lack of unified oversight: This can include everything from unpatched server software and out-of-date drivers to employees being able to print almost anything, including confidential documents, without risk of detection. Without the tools for comprehensive oversight, admins have limited ability to keep tabs on the state of the print environment and what’s happening across it.

If print security is so important, what’s the holdup?
With so many organizations at risk from one or more of these vulnerabilities, you’d think that they would be ramping up print security without skipping a beat. But increased security doesn’t necessarily come quick or easy.

For example, if you choose to implement secure printing, you’ll need some kind of secure release mechanism. That often involves rolling out more infrastructure at a time when everyone’s trying to find infrastructure reduction solutions.

There’s also the lingering issue with print servers. Unless you ditch your print servers for good, there’s no way to fully eliminate issues with single points of attack. You retain your single points of failure, too, which makes high-availability printing harder to achieve.

Print security with reduced infrastructure and high availability
PrinterLogic is unique among network printing solutions because it lets you have print security without sacrificing high-availability printing and also reduces infrastructure. It combines stable, straightforward direct-IP printing with centralized management to create a robust, secure serverless infrastructure.

So what does that look like on the ground?

  • Eliminate print servers: PrinterLogic Web Stack (on-prem) and PrinterLogic SaaS (formerly PrinterCloud) provide full-featured printing with zero need for print servers—even in large and distributed organizations. By getting rid of print servers, you remove all of their security and availability shortcomings in one fell swoop.
  • Experience full oversight: A centralized admin console lets you manage and monitor every aspect of the print environment intuitively from a single pane of glass. The common driver repository makes it easy to keep drivers consistent and up to date across the organization.
  • Audit print activity: PrinterLogic’s optional print auditing module can automatically generate reports and alerts. That allows admins to keep tabs on print activity and shine a light on previously dark corners of the print environment.
  • Implement easy-to-use secure printing: Want secure printing that doesn’t annoy your end users? Among several other release mechanisms, PrinterLogic offers a Print Release App for iOS and Android. With the app, end users can securely execute pending print jobs right from their smartphones. Better still, it doesn’t require any extra infrastructure. And if you’ve got an existing badge or card system, great. PrinterLogic can integrate seamlessly with that too.

With PrinterLogic, you get the enterprise-grade security your organization needs to protect its print data. But it doesn’t stop with that. You also get infrastructure reduction and high-availability printing to boot.

Just look at how things went down with EPIC Management (read the case study here). Secure release printing is notoriously tough to implement in healthcare organizations. And yet, using PrinterLogic, EPIC Management was able to create a solid chain of custody for its protected health information (PHI) while also simplifying its print environment.

To see what it’s like to have print security with all the advantages and none of the tradeoffs, sign up for a PrinterLogic demo today. You can test it in your own print environment free of charge for 30 days.

PrinterLogic SaaS Achieves VMware Partner Ready™ Status

ST. GEORGE, Utah—Aug. 27, 2019—PrinterLogic, the global leader in serverless printing infrastructure, today announced that PrinterLogic SaaS, its centralized print management solution, has achieved VMware Partner Ready™ status. This designation indicates that after validation testing, PrinterLogic SaaS has achieved the endorsement of the VMware Horizon Partner Application/Middleware Program and is supported on VMware Horizon Standard 7.9.0 environments.

“We are pleased that PrinterLogic SaaS qualifies for the VMware Partner Ready™ logo, signifying to customers that it has met specific VMware interoperability standards and works effectively with VMware cloud infrastructure. This signifies to customers that PrinterLogic SaaS can be deployed in production environments with confidence and can speed time to value within customer environments,” said Kristen Edwards, director, Technology Alliance Partner Program, VMware. “By using PrinterLogic SaaS with VMware Horizon, organizations can get the right printer deployed to the right users at the right time.”

“Partner Ready status assures customers that solutions combining PrinterLogic SaaS with VMware Horizon provide the flexibility to deploy printers to users who need them, when they need them,” said Garrett Helmer, PrinterLogic senior vice president, Channels. “Regardless how users work or where they’re located, a unified interface allows all printers to be managed from a single pane of glass.”

The VMware Partner Ready program is a co-branding benefit of the Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program that makes it easy for customers to identify partner products certified to work with VMware cloud infrastructure. Customers can use these products and solutions to lower project risks and realize cost savings over custom built solutions. With thousands of members worldwide, the VMware TAP program includes best-of-breed technology partners with the shared commitment to bring the best expertise and business solution for each unique customer need.

PrinterLogic SaaS can be found within the online VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) at https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/printercloud-25-0-0-73. The VMware Solution Exchange is an online marketplace where VMware partners and developers can publish rich marketing content and downloadable software for our customers.

About PrinterLogic
PrinterLogic helps IT professionals eliminate all print servers and deliver a highly available serverless printing infrastructure. With PrinterLogic’s centrally managed direct IP printing platform, customers empower their end users with mobile printing, secure release printing, and many advanced features that legacy print management applications can’t provide. The company has been included multiple times on the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 lists of fastest growing companies in North America.

About PrinterLogic SaaS
PrinterLogic SaaS (formerly PrinterCloud) is a true SaaS solution that eliminates the need for print servers, delivers centralized print management, and empowers your workforce to install printers on their own with a single click. Customer organizations gain the efficiency of print management without infrastructure and implementation hassles, while lowering costs. Their IT professionals gain the ability to manage all network printers—across different buildings, different countries or different continents—from a powerful web-based Admin Console. PrinterLogic SaaS’s centrally managed direct IP printing greatly reduces downtime and keeps the environment stable and highly available.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Your enterprise years ago upgraded to Windows 7 and has been very happy since without any major issues. So why should you now migrate your users’ operating systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10, especially after you skipped the Windows 8 release? This blog will provide you four good reasons why you would be better off migrating your workforce to Windows 10.

1. Security
Of all the reasons that make Windows 10 a must-do upgrade, security is at the top of the list. But wait, you say, your enterprise has never had any security issues. While that statement may be accurate, it’s irrelevant. As they say in the investment industry: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” The fact that your organization has never suffered a serious cybersecurity breach (one that you know about, anyway) doesn’t mean it won’t happen to you today, with devastating results.

This is a fact: Windows 10 has far better built-in security features than Windows 7. In thinking about Windows 10 from a security perspective, Microsoft gained valuable experience from security flaws discovered in Windows 7. They have taken those lessons learned from Windows 7, and used them to make Windows 10 more secure. Now it’s true Microsoft has patched Windows 7 to fix many vulnerabilities, but it is still not nearly as secure as Windows 10. Here is why:

  • As mentioned above, Windows 10 was designed from the ground up to be far more secure.
  • The internal workings of Windows 10 are not the same as Windows 7.
  • In developing Windows 10, Microsoft moved from a reactive to a proactive security posture. From Day 1, Windows 10 was specifically designed to function securely in the increasingly hostile and mobile computing world.
  • Windows 7’s approach to security was patching known vulnerabilities. In Windows 10, security is designed into its core architecturally. For example, the Device Guard feature is a combination of enterprise-related hardware and software security features that, when configured together, will lock a device down so that it can only run trusted applications defined in your organization’s code integrity policies.

Windows is without a doubt the biggest target for hacking, ransomware and malware attacks. In a world where the bad guys have gone from individual aggressors and shady websites to “state” operated and funded hacking teams, the publicly and non-publicly known security holes in Windows 7 will continue to prove exploitable to attackers. Having adapted to the increasingly sophisticated techniques of these bad actors, the Microsoft security team has applied the knowledge it has gained over the past decade-plus to development of Windows 10.

2. User Experience
Windows 10 gives users increased productivity tools so they can work faster, better and safer. There are many of these features, but below is a short list:

Startup Speed—Check out the videos on YouTube comparing Windows 10 startup time to that of any other OS.

OneDrive On-Demand Syncing—In today’s enterprise office users rely heavily on cloud storage. They can keep their files in the cloud without using disk space and share them on demand as needed. With On-Demand Syncing these files are automatically backed up.

Voice Typing—Simply press Windows Key-H (for “hear”) and your PC starts typing what you say. Setup is nonexistent.

Nearby Sharing—A feature that is very similar to Apple’s AirDrop. Nearby Sharing increases user productivity by sharing files and documents directly with other users. It does so via Bluetooth or Wifi without the need for internet connection.

3. Support
Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7 and any new hardware running Windows 7 is not supported at all. Additionally, Windows 7 will reach an announced end of life in 2020. Conversely, Windows 10 has full support.

4. Performance
Windows 10 is a big improvement over performance limitations that were found in Windows 7. Windows 10 runs noticeably faster than Windows 7. In a business climate of “do more with less,” Windows 10 will empower your users with a tool to accomplish that. If your Windows 10-using workforce complains of computing performance limitations, those are most likely found somewhere other than the OS.

There you have it, four excellent reasons to migrate your workforce from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Delaying the inevitable will likely make it even more painful. Your workforce will most likely have a short period of adjustment to Windows 10. But once that passes and they see the performance improvements and enhanced user experience, they’ll thank you for the change.

PrinterLogic Includes Secure Release and Mobile Printing with Core License at No Extra Charge for SaaS Customers

ST. GEORGE, Utah—August 21, 2019—PrinterLogic, the world leader in Serverless Printing Infrastructure (SPI), today announced that Mobile Printing and Secure Release Printing will be included with its core license at no extra cost for SaaS customers.

“Customers are waking up to the deployment and technology limitations of old school on-prem software being thrown onto hosted clouds. Our true SaaS offering has grown 4,383 percent over the last three years and this announcement is just more gas on the fire,” said Ryan Wedig, CEO of PrinterLogic. “We can add these features at no cost with the SaaS product because the deployment challenges are so dramatically reduced over traditional hosted cloud installs.”

In addition to eliminating print servers, PrinterLogic software provides:

  • Mobile Printing
  • Print Job Reporting
  • Secure Release Printing
  • VDI & Chromebook Printing
  • Driver Deployment & Management
  • SNMP Monitoring & Alerts
  • Many other SPI requirements

This promotion is available until June 30, 2020, after which Secure Release Printing will become a separately licensed module feature, while Mobile Printing will remain bundled with the core license at no extra charge for SaaS customers. Current customers with PrinterLogic installed on-prem can take advantage of this promotion by migrating to the SaaS platform. 

UPDATE: This announcement has been revised as of May 5th, 2020 to reflect current information on this promotion to prevent confusion.

Redefine Your Enterprise’s Printing Infrastructure

One of the most common nuggets of wisdom in IT is to simplify. The more moving parts there are, the more possibilities there are for things to go wrong. The more complex your environment is, the harder it is to maintain and troubleshoot.

Honestly, though, sometimes simplifying is not so simple.

In the enterprise, there used to be two general choices when it came to IT printing solutions: direct IP or print servers.

Direct IP had the advantage of straightforward, reliable client-to-printer connections. Unfortunately, management in conventional direct IP print environments was anything but simple. Something as basic as a driver change meant that admins had to touch each workstation.

That’s why most large organizations ended up taking the print-server route. But it’s not like print servers are much simpler. Depending on how they’re implemented, print servers can create a massive expansion in print infrastructure. And while they do automate some aspects of print management, they create more work and hassle in other areas.

What’s so bad about print servers?
For starters, print servers are unreliable and costly to maintain. No matter how they’re deployed, they create single points of failure—which means that if they hang or crash, printing stops for all affected users.

And let’s face it, print servers crash or hang way more than they should. Driver issues, corrupt print jobs and software incompatibilities are just a few of the many things that can bring them down. Even if you discount the costs of upgrading print servers every few years, you’re still looking at a lot of time and money spent managing them.

Another drawback is that print servers limit management and functionality. Having to deploy printers with Group Policy or scripts? That’s so old school. Provisioning methods like those just slow login times or result in group policy conflicts. They also restrict who can deploy printers, increasing admins’ workload.

Last, but certainly not least, print servers make it hard to incorporate new features. If you want to add a feature like mobile printing to your environment, you’ve got to go shopping for dedicated IT print solutions that will layer on top of your print-server environment. That just ends up adding even more software and more hardware infrastructure.

To really simplify your print environment, you need to eliminate print servers altogether.

Doesn’t eliminating print servers remove print capabilities?
If you were to just throw your print servers out the window one day, there’s no doubt that you’d get the print infrastructure reduction you were hoping for. Not to mention a huge sense of relief. The downside is that no one would be able to print.

But we wanted the best of both worlds: powerful, intuitive printing alongside zero print servers. That’s why we developed PrinterLogic.

PrinterLogic gives your organization the ability to eliminate its print servers completely while also seeing incredible gains in areas like print manageability, stability, availability and flexibility. It’s unique among IT printing solutions because it combines the dependability of direct IP with the ease of centralized management. It redefines (and reduces) your print infrastructure because it totally rethinks what we should expect from enterprise printing.

Simplify and optimize enterprise printing with PrinterLogic
Rolling out mobile printing to any BYOD phone or tablet with minimal setup? Making full-featured secure pull printing possible with virtually any printer? Configuring advanced dynamic printer deployments without having to touch a single GPO or script? Built-in comprehensive print auditing? Letting end users safely install printers themselves? PrinterLogic does all that. Oh, and did I mention that it does so without a single print server?

Our newest product, PrinterLogic SaaS (formerly PrinterCloud), takes print infrastructure reduction and turns it up to 11. It’s a SaaS solution for both large- and small-scale print environments that brings many of the same benefits as our on-prem software. Plus some of its own.

For example, like consolidated print servers, most cloud solutions rely heavily on the WAN. They don’t function properly without it. Not PrinterLogic SaaS. The direct-IP component means that end users keep printing as usual, even if there’s a WAN outage.

AAA Carolinas is just one of many, many examples of an enterprise-scale, distributed company that eliminated its printer servers through PrinterLogic (read the case study here). Today the organization deals with far fewer print-related helpdesk calls. It effortlessly delivers the right printers to mobile employees. And it’s shed well over half of the expensive hardware that used to take up space in its data centers.

The first step toward eliminating your print servers and redefining your print infrastructure is to sign up today for a free PrinterLogic demo. It’ll give you the chance to test drive our solution for 30 days and see how it turns even complex print environments into something streamlined, robust and feature-rich.

Canon and PrinterLogic Integration Allows for Serverless Printing with an Array of Security Features

ST. GEORGE, UT—August 15, 2019—With security features now essential to most office solutions, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, and PrinterLogic, a leader in serverless printing infrastructure for the enterprise, today announced the ability to integrate PrinterLogic’s platform with Canon’s third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE solutions.

“Security is top of mind to Canon as we continue to help prepare enterprises for the office of the future, which is why we consider this integration so valuable for our customers,” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A. Inc. “Through PrinterLogic, our users now have even more ways to print to and release from Canon solutions in a manner that can help users protect their confidential information, and PrinterLogic customers can similarly now take full advantage of the powerful imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform to enhance their print infrastructure and take advantage of a wide array of print security features.”

This new alliance will also enable Canon customers to benefit from PrinterLogic’s serverless platform, allowing them to deploy and manage printer drivers across a wide range of print environments and across an extensive array of devices and manufacturers, including the versatile Canon third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE solutions.

“Canon’s customers can now fully benefit from PrinterLogic’s serverless, Secure Release printing capabilities,” said Noel O’Dwyer, vice president of strategic alliances at PrinterLogic. “Combining PrinterLogic’s powerful printer and driver management solutions with Canon’s formidable solutions can result in improved experiences for customers.”

PrinterLogic’s integration with Canon also includes the following benefits:

  • Elimination of print servers. IT professionals can eliminate all print servers and centrally manage all compatible, networked printers from a single, central console, helping to increase reliability while using security features and helping to reduce print-related costs. End users can now install printers themselves without the need to call their help desk, freeing up company IT resources to tackle more critical issues.
  • Universal printing functionality. PrinterLogic’s platform works with all manufacturer printer drivers. This includes built-in support for various Windows, Mac, Linux, and virtualized end-user workstations so users can enjoy full-featured, dependable printing, including mixed-OS environments*.
  • Ease of use. The PrinterLogic platform also provides users with the ease of use to quickly deploy, update, and configure drivers from a single, central console.

PrinterLogic’s integration with Canon’s third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE solutions now affords users a new opportunity to achieve serverless and friction-free printing experience while using security features.

For more information on Canon, visit www.usa.canon.com. For more information about PrinterLogic, visit www.printerlogic.com.

About PrinterLogic
PrinterLogic helps IT professionals eliminate all print servers and deliver a highly available serverless printing infrastructure. With PrinterLogic’s centrally managed direct IP printing platform, customers empower their end users with mobile printing, secure release printing, and many advanced features that legacy print management applications can’t provide. The company has been included multiple times on the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 lists of fastest growing companies in North America.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc, is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2018 and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2019. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

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Canon products offer certain security features, yet many variables can impact the security of your devices and data. Canon does not warrant that use of its features will prevent security issues. Nothing herein should be construed as legal or regulatory advice concerning applicable laws; customers must have their own qualified counsel determine the feasibility of a solution as it relates to regulatory and statutory compliance. Some security features may impact functionality/performance; you may want to test these settings in your environment.

Availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Neither Canon Inc. nor Canon U.S.A., Inc. represents or warrant any third-party product or feature referenced hereunder.

All referenced product names, and other marks are trademarks of their respective owners.

*OS requirements:
Windows – Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (x32 and x64)
Mac OS X – 10.9 – 10.14
Linux – Debian and Red Hat (x32 and x64)

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PrinterLogic 19.1 Features Canon MFP Support

PrinterLogic 19.1 (formerly known as Printer Installer), adds comprehensive secure release printing for Canon MFPs, expanded scalability for enterprise authentication, Safari 12 (macOS Mojave) support, and dozens of other enhancements that will improve the experience for admins and end users.

Canon-certified Gen 2 CPA
We’re launching our second generation of control panel applications (CPAs) with one designed for Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE printers. The Canon CPA is based on our all-new Control Panel Platform. It’s available with our optional Pull Printing licensing, and provides secure-release printing that’s easier and faster than ever before. End users can launch the app on the printer’s display, view their pending print jobs, and quickly select the ones they want to print.

PrinterLogic Control Panel Application Login Screen

PrinterLogic’s new Control Panel Application for Canon MFPs has a clean, intuitive interface and offers three authentication methods—swiping a badge, Username/Password, or User ID/PIN.

The most noticeable advantage of the new CPA design is that it reduces wait times between authentication and printing by 50% or more. Loading the CPA is much faster, too. On the backend, from an admin’s perspective, CPA-related error messages offer more insight and there are improved troubleshooting tools.

A list of supported Canon printers is on our Control Panel Application Support page. Further Gen 2 CPAs will be released to support even more brands in the near future.

More scalable LDAP
Large organizations that make use of Active Directory (AD) will see a speed boost in PrinterLogic 19.1. The latest version is able to handle multiple organizational units (OUs) with ease, and it’s now possible to search across multiple domains. These developments also lay the groundwork for future integration with cloud-based identity services such as Okta, Azure AD, and Google ID.

Safari 12 support
In its most recent macOS release (Mojave, 10.14.x), Apple changed the way Safari browser extensions work. This was done primarily for security reasons. To address this shift in extension design from Apple, we’ve rewritten the Safari browser extension so it now complies with Apple’s latest standards, while maintaining PrinterLogic’s functionality and ease of use.

Updated Section 508 compliance
Version 19.1 includes updates to our compliance with U.S. Government Section 508 standards first introduced in version 18.1. The voluntary product accessibility standards (known as VPAT) have evolved since that release, which is why we’ve updated our solution to align with VPAT 2.x.

For more details on these features and the other enhancements in this release, you’ll find them in our PrinterLogic 19.1 release notes.

New product names reflect strength of PrinterLogic brand
We’re changing the name of Printer Installer to PrinterLogic Web Stack, and changing the name of PrinterCloud to PrinterLogic SaaS. These changes are more aligned with our company brand, and underscore our focus on a SaaS-oriented product line. Whether they’re running PrinterLogic as a service, or in their own datacenter, customers have come to trust PrinterLogic as a solution they rely on for true serverless printing.

If you haven’t tried PrinterLogic, what are you waiting for? You’re a trial install away from eliminating your print servers, saying goodbye to GPOs and scripts, and implementing advanced functionality like secure release and mobile printing. Sign up today for our demo and test PrinterLogic absolutely free for 30 days.

Printing Solutions for the Education Industry

Schools are pretty orderly, right? With its grades, classes, tracks, departments, periods, semesters and all the other ways it’s categorized and arranged, your average K-12 or college often looks like a model of efficiency and organization.

From the outside, at least.

IT sees a different side of things. Students move from classroom to classroom throughout the day. During the school year, especially in higher education, every semester can bring a massive shift in where each student and teacher needs to be. And then every year you have students leaving the system and new ones entering it. That creates an ultra-mobile, ever-changing pool of end users.

Providing IT services to a user base that’s in constant motion can be tough. When you’re dealing with printers, it gets even tougher.

Why? Because printers are still rooted in a static model—which is to say that printers were basically designed to connect to a single desktop workstation through a cable. The mobile revolution is at odds with that model. Today you’ve got hundreds of free-floating devices interfacing with multiple network printers.

It’s not like this is something that only affects schools. Most enterprise print solutions don’t have this figured out, either.

But schools and districts face extra challenges because they’re working with fewer resources. Budgets are tighter. IT staffs are smaller. They’re dealing with legacy hardware in locations that are scattered all over a town or city. Or larger. In the case of Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (read the case study here), you’re talking about an area spanning 400 square miles.

That’s why print solutions for schools have to be able to meet these extra challenges. Specifically, they need to:

  • Simplify print management: Even when everything’s in flux, print management has to be a total breeze. Students and faculty need to be able to print easily no matter where they are. And admins should be able to configure those printer assignments as quickly and as smoothly as possible.
  • Seamlessly implement next-gen features: Adding a feature like mobile printing or pull printing shouldn’t involve having to scrap your existing print solution. It also shouldn’t mean having to fork out a ton of money for something that requires more infrastructure or can’t promise full compatibility with your other print software.
  • Make it easy to monitor print activity: Whether buildings are spread across a campus or an entire district, print solutions for schools have to provide visibility over the whole environment. For cost-saving reasons, admins should be able to tell where print volumes are high or which department is always printing in color.

PrinterLogic is the smart choice for printing in education
PrinterLogic’s serverless printing software is a leading choice among enterprise printing solutions. So it might be easy to think that it’s best suited for corporate environments. But PrinterLogic’s unique architecture is exactly what makes it so versatile. It’s able to meet all the unique IT challenges of educational environments, making it the perfect print solution for schools.

Migrating to PrinterLogic from a direct-IP or print-server environment is rapid and almost effortless. Once PrinterLogic is installed, your K-12 school, community college or university can:

  • Eliminate print servers: The huge advantage of serverless printing software is that you can shut down all your print servers. Yet that doesn’t mean compromising on print functionality. At the same time as you’re eliminating this expensive, hard-to-maintain infrastructure, you’re also creating more uptime, more flexibility and centralized management.
  • Implement mobile printing: PrinterLogic’s optional mobile printing feature lets you roll out print capabilities to all your mobile, Chromebook and BYOD users regardless of the brand of their devices. There’s no software for them to install, and it works with any network printer (even legacy models).
  • Add secure pull printing: Just like mobile printing, PrinterLogic can enhance your print environment with secure pull-printing functionality. This helps to ensure that confidential documents like tests, transcripts and teacher evaluations aren’t left sitting in the output tray.
  • Monitor print activity everywhere: Print auditing is one of the features that makes PrinterLogic a top choice among enterprise print solutions, and it’s just as valuable in educational settings. Use it to keep tabs on the who, what, when, where and how of printing across the entire school. Or set it up to automatically email print-activity reports to department heads and school administrators.

Along with Lamar CISD, educational organizations like the Fulton County School System (read the case study here), Oklahoma City Community College (case study) and La Roche College (case study) have all switched to PrinterLogic’s serverless printing software. Northwest Area Education Agency opted for PrinterLogic SaaS (formerly PrinterCloud), our cloud-based print solution for schools and other enterprise-scale organizations (case study).

In every instance, PrinterLogic saved them time and money by simplifying their print environments. Lamar CISD pegged its savings from PrinterLogic at about $20,000 per year.

Want to see the magic that our serverless printing software can work as your K-12 print solution? Then check out this white paper we wrote on the subject. A lot of the tips and topics in there apply to higher ed as well. Or better still, sign up today to demo our print solution and see exactly how it performs. It’s free for 30 days.

Seize the Opportunity in Windows 7 to 10 Migration

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will enter its end-of-life (EoL) phase on January 14, 2020.

While some organizations have already migrated to later Windows versions in anticipation of the EoL deadline, a large number of them are still running Windows 7 as their secondary or even primary operating system. In June of 2019, the install base for Windows 7 was still estimated to be as high as 37%.

Like any operating system (OS) migration, moving your organization from Windows 7 to 10 will certainly involve its fair share of lifting and shifting. Followed, of course, by correcting any settings that might not have carried over or identifying the software that’s no longer fully compatible.

But here’s the good news: Migration isn’t something to dread! You can actually capitalize on Windows 10 migration as an opportunity to streamline your print environment, harden print security in your organization and generally make life easier for your fellow IT admins—not to mention your end users—from now on.

Making the most of Windows 10 migration
During a typical OS migration, the only real gain is slightly more up-to-date software. When all is said and done, you’re probably not going to see a huge return on investment. You’re still operating and maintaining the same amount of hardware. And in a few years’ time you can look forward to doing it all over again when Windows 10 reaches EoL.

PrinterLogic changes all that. Our serverless printing software offers a rare opportunity to turn a Windows 7 to 10 migration into ongoing savings in time, stress and costs. Here’s how:

Streamlined infrastructure
Instead of migrating multiple print servers as part of your Windows 10 transition, you can move every last one of them to a single instance of PrinterLogic’s serverless architecture.

By eliminating those print servers, you also remove the associated costs of managing, operating and maintaining them. You spare yourself the hassle of future migrations as well.

Simplified driver management
Migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is almost guaranteed to involve some 32- and 64-bit driver incompatibilities. Managing print drivers, especially different versions of the same one, can be confusing and inefficient with legacy enterprise printing solutions.

PrinterLogic features a common driver repository for the entire print environment. That makes it easy to identify, remove, update and assign print drivers for individual users or whole departments.

Increased security
One of the main reasons for migrating to Windows 10 is security. So why keep an outdated print infrastructure that’s vulnerable to single points of failure and easy attack vectors?

In combining direct-IP printing with centralized management, PrinterLogic gives admins at-a-glance oversight while putting malicious actors at a disadvantage. PrinterLogic’s optional secure pull printing also creates additional security for end users.

The net benefit of PrinterLogic
By using PrinterLogic to maximize your Windows 10 migration, you’re also getting a much bigger net benefit than a simple OS upgrade. The reduced infrastructure, more efficient print management and enhanced security that come along with PrinterLogic have the potential to generate serious cost savings in the long term.

And your users see the benefits too. Features like PrinterLogic’s self-service installation portal and mobile/BYOD printing make it easier for them to print—no matter what device they’re on or where they happen to be. That translates to fewer help-desk calls and less strain on IT.

Before you start your migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10, download a demo of PrinterLogic and test it totally free of charge for 30 days to see how it performs. And if you want to get even more flexibility out of your migration, test drive our enterprise-grade cloud-based solution, PrinterLogic SaaS (formerly PrinterCloud).

Secure Printing in Highly Available Print Environments

Have you heard this story? One of your workforce wants to print out a document. They open it and click “Print.” Then they walk over to the printer.

No document.

So they walk back to their computer and do it again. But this time, their computer’s not finding the printer at all.

What gives? Here you both are, stuck wasting a bunch of time on something that should be dead simple. They can’t print, and IT has to figure out why. Isn’t printing one of those things that should have been figured out, like, forever ago?

When you’re dealing with print servers as your enterprise printing solution, situations like this are pretty common. Print servers can be kind of flaky. If they don’t like a particular print driver, they choke. If they don’t like a certain print job, they crash. And if they’re busy choking or crashing, they’re obviously not able to print documents for your workforce.

In IT-speak, we call this a problem with availability—as in, printers are not available to do the job they’re supposed to.

And here’s the deal: When print availability suffers, so does everything and everyone else. Employees get fed up with the whole frustrating game of “Did it print this time?” and take a coffee break instead. IT winds up with more support tickets to wrestle with. Customers get ticked off.

The perfect world that we’re all aiming for, then, is a highly available print environment. One that, you know, actually prints the files every time your workforce clicks “Print.”

Adding secure release to the mix
Now let’s say the organization has these underlying issues and then IT gets tasked to add a feature like secure printing on top of it.

For the folks in need of a refresher, secure printing (sometimes called secure release) is when an end user clicks “Print” and nothing happens. On purpose. Instead of printing out automatically, the job is held in a queue. Then when they physically go to the printer, they authenticate—swiping an ID card, for example, or entering a password on the printer’s screen. That authorization step is what executes their waiting print job.

That might sound like it complicates things, but it’s actually not much different from the regular printing process. I mean, they’re still walking to the printer, right? It’s also way more secure. With secure release, print jobs don’t end up sitting in the tray waiting to be picked up. Documents stay in the hands of the people who printed them in the first place.

But if the print server has decided to flake out, it goes without saying that secure printing isn’t going to work. Adding secure release to server-based enterprise printing solutions is like adding another layer to a bad cake that’s already started to wobble.

PrinterLogic lets you have your cake and eat it too
Our enterprise printing software doesn’t use servers to provide print functionality. It uses direct IP, which is basically like creating a straight line between the computer and the network printer. None of this print server middleman stuff.

At the same time, it also offers advanced features like secure printing. The unique thing about those advanced features is that they’re not just slapped on like cheap frosting on bad cake. Instead, they’re baked into the solution itself.

By removing the unstable servers and replacing them with direct IP, it means both IT and the end users get a highly available print environment. And by augmenting that with secure release, it means that end users get the ability to control where and when their print jobs actually print. That equals more uptime, more security, more productivity.

The real icing on the cake
What really sets PrinterLogic apart is that you don’t need to go out and buy a whole bunch of printers with secure release capabilities. Any network printer can be configured as a secure release printer.

That’s part of the reason why two very different organizations, the Northwest AEA (read the case study here) and EPIC Management (read the case study here), were so successful with their roll-out of PrinterLogic.

With PrinterLogic, you don’t even need to invest in a secure printing authorization system. We’ve got a brand-new built-in release app for Canon printers—with support for even more brands on the way. And our handy Print Release App lets iOS and Android users securely view and execute their print jobs right from their smartphones.

If you want secure release without having to compromise on high availability, sign up today and download a demo of our enterprise printing solution. It’s free to test for 30 days. We’re confident that there’s no better way than PrinterLogic to get maximum uptime along with improved security in your print environment.