What are Cloud-based Print Solutions?

The emergence of cloud computing in the economy raises questions with regard to choice of IT infrastructure in terms of budget, safety issues, advantages for users and utility within a company. This document clarifies the differences between private and public cloud models in detail to provide a clear understanding of uniFLOW Online in comparison to traditional print management solutions.

Private Cloud Solutions Traditional print management solutions, such as uniFLOW for SMB or uniFLOW, require the customer to maintain a network server, either print or management. If the customer decides not to host a server on-site, he can choose a private cloud hosting solution. With a private cloud solution, the application is typically installed in a VM which resides either on the company’s intranet or, is hosted in a datacenter where the data is protected behind a firewall and the server is connected to the company network via a VPN. One hosted VM with each application is required per customer.

Public Cloud Solutions True public cloud print management solutions do not require the customer to own or manage a server. The software itself is not dependent upon a server running in the background; instead it is installed on a cloud platform. The application runs as a service provided by a datacenter and is shared by multiple customers. Wellknown examples of public cloud systems are Dropbox and Google Drive™.