Kurt Busch, CEOThe managed print services (MPS) market is driving greater business efficiency by offering cost-effective printing solutions. In fact, a 2015 study by Gartner predicts that organizations using MPS can save up to 30 percent on print-related costs. However, with the rapid increase in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, an increasing number of workers are using iPads or other tablets in place of laptops or netbooks.
“During interactions with CIOs we found that one of the first questions they are asked during iPad deployment is ‘How do I print?’,” states Kurt Busch, president & CEO, Lantronix. While most low-cost home printers now support Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, many networked enterprise printers do not have tablet printing support, including the vast majority of business printers. Addressing this challenge is California-based Lantronix.
For more than 25 years, Lantronix has been an innovator in creating solutions to address critical IT enterprise issues. Recognizing that mobile printing is becoming an essential part of IT management, the company launched the xPrintServer Office, a plug-and-play printing solution for mobile devices. The xPrintServer enables mobile printing support to the installed base of millions of business printers that do not support Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. “Our customers benefit because they do not have to buy new printers, and they can use the native print commands in the tablet – with no apps to download or software to install,” adds Busch.
As the first-and-only Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print-certified print server appliance that supports thousands of printer models, the xPrintServer Office allows IT managers to quickly and securely auto-provision multifunction and network printers to support AirPrint and Google Cloud Print by simply connecting the xPrintServer to a network switch or router.
With the xPrintServer Office, Lantronix continues to address the mobility, management and security challenges faced by IT personnel, from small office to Fortune 500 organizations
With Lantronix’s patented driver management techniques, the correct printer driver details are automatically downloaded from the cloud and installed on the xPrintServer with no user interaction required. The xPrintServer supports remote authentication with Active Directory for printer access authentication, and uses TLS data encryption to securely transfer print jobs from mobile devices. It also provides administrators with a web browser-based interface for managing user accounts, printer options, proxy server configurations, and firmware settings.
In addition to the convenience and time saved in being able to print directly from a tablet, the xPrintServer helps reduce the cost of tablet deployment by allowing companies to leverage their existing network of printers. The xPrinterServer solution has been deployed in a wide range of verticals, including education, retail, financial services, and more.
Moving forward, Lantronix plans to continue to develop and strengthen their products and services to ensure customers are completely satisfied. Over the last few years, the company has brought to market innovative new solutions to address other issues of management, mobility and security in the enterprise.