Print Servers vs. Output Management Servers
There is a lot of discussion about getting rid of Print Servers in the market today. Print Servers are devices that connect multiple workstations to printers so that the printers can be shared among many users. This is a good thing but print servers are also a burden on IT. They can add considerably to their workload. As a result, there are products are designed to eliminate print servers in order to reduce IT workload. These products advertise by saying “get rid of print servers.”
Here at Plus Technologies, we want to point out that a print server is not the same as an Output Management Server (OMS). While prints servers connect workstations to printers the purpose of an Output Management system is completely different. Output Management Software provides the delivery of print jobs from their source system (either workstation or backend systems like SAP, Epic, Cerner, Oracle, etc) to the printer itself and ensures the integrity of the print function and its related business processes.