Secondary servers

Secondary servers let you distribute processing, so that your RICOH ProcessDirector system runs more efficiently.

You can use secondary servers to do some of the more processing-intensive steps in your various workflows and to prevent the primary server from becoming overloaded. The primary server works with the secondary servers to coordinate the movement of all jobs across the system. The secondary servers do not have their own embedded databases for storing system information. All the servers work with the database that is installed on the primary computer.

RICOH ProcessDirector supports local secondary servers, which are installed directly on the primary computer and require minimal configuration.

Secondary servers can manage all types of RICOH ProcessDirector objects, such as input devices, steps, and printers. They can also run external programs that RICOH ProcessDirector accesses through external steps. External programs can do more processing or special types of processing.

For installations that have many printers and a high volume of jobs, adding secondary servers to the system can increase job throughput. The throughput increases because each server has a smaller number of printers and jobs to monitor and control.