surveyed more than 1,500 attendees at VMworld Las Vegas and Barcelona on virtualization and high availability printing. The survey found that an astonishing 68 percent of all respondents mistakenly believe that high availability when printing is guaranteed solely by virtualizing print servers.
ThinPrint surveys attendees each year at the VMworld shows. This year, the printing experts interviewed 1,538 visitors.
- Forty-nine percent of respondents said that high availability is required for printing in their companies, with an additional 20 percent remaining uncertain.
- Sixty-nine percent of those interviewed mistakenly believe high availability is achieved through virtualization alone.
- Fifty-eight percent of respondents have already virtualized their print servers, and an additional 15 percent are planning to do so in the near future.
- Fifty percent of those who either already virtualized their print servers or are planning to in the near future did so to achieve high availability or easier maintenance.
The survey reveals dangerous misconceptions regarding virtualization and high availability in the area of printing. Virtualizing print servers mainly protects against hardware or virtual server failures. However, far more common are print-specific problems, such as faulty printer drivers or driver incompatibility. These problems are not solved by virtualization alone.
"We were somewhat shocked by these survey results," said Thorsten Hesse, chief product officer at ThinPrint. "Since Windows Server 2012 and continuing with Windows Server 2016, print server clusters can no longer be formed, leaving a severe gap when it comes to high-availability printing. However, with the right solutions in tow, IT admins can overcome these obstacles all while increasing productivity and reducing costs and resources." Hesse advises all those in charge of IT to fully engage with the topic of high availability prior to upgrading.
Companies searching for a comprehensive solution that safeguards against these issues can see how ThinPrint 11 ensures high availability for printing at: www.thinprint.com/v11
The research note relating to this survey can be found here: https://www.thinprint.com/en/resource/research-note-virtualization-high-availability-printing/