Printing is still a decisive factor for many business processes. All the more worrying, is that since Windows Server 2012 and the loss of print server clustering, an important safeguard is absent. With Microsoft Hyper-V as Microsoft’s solution for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016, customers are only protected against hardware failures. Hardware, however, only accounts for a small fraction of printing errors. As a result, businesses suffer longer than necessary downtime and a loss of productivity with common printing errors. This includes printer driver conflicts, connection problems and slowly reacting spoolers. Hyper-V also offers no solution for load balancing printers.
Help is available with ThinPrint 11. In addition to existing features for fully optimized printing, the new version provides high availability. ThinPrint 11 offers both failover and load balancing, for the server and client side, within a single, easily integrated and managed product. ThinPrint delivers a comprehensive solution, and one that customers can easily implement.
ThinPrint 11’s new features in detail include:
Failsafe Servers: With ThinPrint 11, IT can group two or more servers together. If one server fails then another server from the group automatically takes over the print process, ensuring users can continue to print.
Load Balancing for Servers: Users are dynamically distributed among the print servers in a group, resulting in far higher performance. Complicated assignment of which printer should map back to which server is no longer necessary.
Flexible Server Maintenance: The IT department can place print servers into maintenance mode. Without any users being affected, printers are automatically connected to another print server in the background. Nightshifts for IT administrators are no longer necessary, as they can carry out maintenance work during standard working hours, without any interruption to users and printing.
Client Reliability: If a ThinPrint Client fails, another ThinPrint Client with the same configuration automatically replaces it.
Client Load Balancing: ThinPrint Clients with identical configuration can also be used on the client side for load balancing. This measure also contributes to achieving the highest performance levels.
“Printing remains for many companies a very important component of their business processes,” said Thorsten Hesse, chief product officer at ThinPrint. “This year, we are firmly placing the focus on high availability, failover and load balancing, for both server and clients, all together in one easy-to-implement product. High availability for printing has never been this wide-ranging and easy.”
ThinPrint 11 will be available in the third quarter.
For more information about ThinPrint 11 visit: www.thinprint.com/thinprint-11
A preview webinar of ThinPrint 11 will be hosted on June 15: www.thinprint.de/preview-webinar