Reasons for setting up an interoperating environment

Not every printing system needs multiple InfoPrint servers. In fact, in many environments one InfoPrint server is adequate. However, in print environments that do very high volume printing or that print in remote locations (for example, a main office with branch offices in different parts of the city), interoperating InfoPrint servers can provide important benefits:

  • Interoperating servers are much more scalable than single servers.
    • If your print volume increases and you find that you need more processing power or memory to be able to meet the demand, you can add a second server. However, by making the servers interoperate, you still only have one printing system to administer.
    • If your business expands and you add another office, you can add another server to the namespace. You'll have to define any new printers that you add to the network, but you won't have to redefine existing printers or move resources again to be able to use them from the new location.
  • Interoperating servers allow you to distribute print server functions across systems.

    Remote locations can have their own local servers, but you can administer them from a central location. This should result in lower costs.