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True cloud or not true cloud that is the question

Here at AIT for the last eight months, we have been busy discussing and demonstrating our cloud-based print management solution (PMS), One Q. Both channel vendors and end users from local authorities to large corporates, virtually all want the same characteristics from any future PMS; all the functionality you would expect from any market-leading PMS, hosted in the cloud and with no onsite element whatsoever. Fundamentally a true cloud PMS, so what is true cloud?

A true cloud solution is designed from the ground up for the cloud. It is coded to perform better as a fully hosted solution with talent and expertise built around hosting, maintaining and managing the software. This means true cloud is the only way to achieve the rapid advancement required to keep up with accelerating trends in technology, business and security. 

Multitenancy is also something that is impossible with so-called fake cloud, multitenancy is a software architecture in which a single instance of software serves multiple subscribers, referred to as tenants. A tenant is a group of users e.g. school “tenants” within a municipality, branch or department “tenants” within an organisation, separate customer “tenants” under the administration of an IT reseller or channel partner. Under the multitenant model, each subscriber’s allocated cloud resources are separate and distinct from those of another subscriber so that subscribers can only access their own data and will only use their own allocation of computing resources (necessary for accurate billing).

Leading cloud technology organisations such as One Q are continually revolutionising the way cloud MPS are designed, developed, and delivered. This means that there is a growing gap between “true cloud” MPS and those that aren’t.

At AIT we are constantly being asked if we can provide a fully inclusive MPS in IT environments that previously would have been impossible. Typically this means there is no infrastructure on premise and cannot be hosted in the cloud using costly network technology such as VPN connectivity. In many cases, there are multiple sites and satellite offices which are sometimes only semi-permanent relying on guest Wi-Fi, BT hotspots and 4G. Obviously, this offers many challenges and to add to this, more often than not they require mobile printing, e-mail print and bring your own device printing across multiple platforms.

Unfortunately, PMS was initially developed and released when the standard approach was to build monolithic solutions typically deployed on dedicated print servers. Moving traditional monolithic print applications to the cloud will not enable an organisation to accrue the full benefits of cloud computing.

One Q is different,thesoftware is built so it can be used in the cloud or on premises, which for many clients is an advantage as they can easily move from one platform to another or run in a hybrid setup. Already with certain MFD’s, depending on the manufacturer, we can offer a true cloud solution with no onsite presence, which means supporting both a development approach and deployment environment that takes full advantage of cloud computing. The offering is only going to get better as well with product development due for completion in early 2019 including New Generation public cloud structure. This will ensure true cloud print management will be available with most MFD’s through the majority of all major manufacturers

AIT are the UK distributors and competency centre for One Q cloud print management solution.

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