Serverless printing, also called managed direct IP printing, is direct printing over an internet protocol. Traditionally, print servers manage all printing processes within a business or department. Print jobs are sent from workstations to the server and then to the printer. Serverless printing cuts out the server, allowing users to print directly from their workstations. This involves installing and managing print drivers on every single workstation. It also means every printer issue requires an IT specialist to visit individual workstations one by one, rather than managing a single server.
What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Serverless Printing
SMBs should opt for serverless printing, as it allows printing to continue even when the internet goes down. In some cases, businesses may opt for direct IP printing, which means the print jobs are all managed on the cloud by a third party, taking the maintenance and management off-site.