April 5, 2018

The Cloud: Advantages and Challenges

Cloud Printing

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Growing Use

Cloud usage and adaptation is growing, and growing rapidly. According to a recent study by Gartner, the public cloud market grew 18.5% in 2017 to a total of $260 billion, with 96% of organizations using some type of public or private cloud service. Cloud storage, advertising, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, - every service a cloud provider can offer - grew in 2017, and is expected to continue to grow in 2018. All the major players in the IT world are heavily invested in cloud; Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, and Amazon all offer cloud-based solutions in some capacity. With cloud so large and prevalent, it’s no wonder when AWS and S3 control 31% of the cloud infrastructure, one little error can break the internet. What this all boils down to is that the “cloud” is not going anywhere.

And why should it? Cloud services can offer significant advantages not just for the IT administrator, but for end-users as well. Cloud services can provide easy flexibility and scalability for growing companies, robust disaster recovery for smaller businesses, and significant security for document and data control. And the ‘work from anywhere, from anything’ unified approach that cloud provides for those traveling employees and BYOD environments, make collaboration easier for end-users, increasing their productivity.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as flipping a switch and you’re on the cloud. Whether it’s just your CRM application or your entire infrastructure, moving to, then working from the cloud presents unique challenges for any IT administrator. New hardware, reconfiguring firewalls, migrating servers; moving and using cloud-based services can be a headache, but printing doesn’t have to be a part of that pain.

The Right Tools

With Tricerat software, you no longer need to worry about printing to and from the cloud. One of the key features of Tricerat products is that they layer seamlessly on top of existing environments, requiring no downtime, maintenance windows, or reboots. For cloud services especially, it requires no additional hardware, no special networking or tunneling, virtually no special considerations whatsoever to move paper; frankly, Tricerat does not care if you are using cloud or not.

Tricerat software utilizes existing, established communication protocols to move paper no matter the environment, and no matter where you are printing from. As a bonus, Tricerat’s proprietary TMF format compresses and encrypts all print jobs across the wire so you can keep the advantages that cloud services provides for both IT administrators and users, maintaining that consistent, unified experience even across printing.

Cloud clearly isn’t going anywhere, and with so many advancements and adaptations, the future of cloud holds a lot of advantages. With those adaptations comes hurdles for IT administrators. Tricerat allows administrators to embrace the future of cloud, without accepting the traditional disadvantages of printing. 

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