PaperCut includes Find Me printing which solves the problem of locating the closest printer from a host of available devices. It is a roaming print service that allows print jobs to find users based on their physical location. It is sometimes referred to as "Pull Printing" or "Push Printing". It is an ideal solution for large sites operating a common printer fleet.
Users simply print to a single global virtual queue then go to a print release station and release their print job(s).
Printer Load Balancing
Printer load balancing automatically distributes print jobs between two or more printers. Load balancing is generally used to equally distribute print jobs across a pool of printers saving valuable time in document output for the user and at the same time balancing the wear and tear among printer devices. Load balancing can be implemented in PaperCut as part of Find Me Printing or separately without the need for release stations in a direct printing environment.
Clustering allows your organisation to ensure your printing services are not affected if anything should happen to your main server. PaperCut is a cluster compatible application and is supported under Windows (Microsoft Cluster Server / MSCS, Microsoft Failover Cluster Manager / MSFCM, Vetitas Cluster Server / VCS) and Linux (Novell Cluster Services / NCS, Linux-HA) at all levels of the application, including:
- Clustering at the print spooler service layer by integrating with clustering services
- Failover based clustering at the Application Server layer using clustering services
- At the database layer by utilising cluster aware databases such as Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL or Oracle