Print.IT Reseller - issue 75

PRINTITRESELLER.UK 35 CLOUD Louella said. “Traditional on-premise print management is complex and costly, often requiring multiple servers to manage print job submission, authentication, accounting and device monitoring. On top of this, tasks such as driver installation, device configuration, firmware updates and app deployment can create a significant IT burden on already stretched IT resources.” In particular, print servers are expensive to acquire, maintain and upgrade and often lack central management. According to Quocirca’s Cloud Print Services Study, on average, the initial cost to an organisation of acquiring and provisioning a print server amounts to approximately £1,900, with ongoing running costs of around £1,500 per year. An average organisation has three print servers, so costing close to £6,000 in CapEx/provisioning, followed by £4,500 in OpEx costs per annum. “As cloud adoption is only set to increase, it becomes an imperative that industry players can articulate a strong cloud proposition in order to continue to be relevant in a cloud and subscription- driven IT landscape,” Louella warned, adding: “The cloud transforms the traditional MPS business model – from transactional and product-centric, to value-centric. Cloud platforms provide a major opportunity for channel partners to expand their value-led service offerings and deliver flexible and scalable solutions to their customers.” Quocirca’s Cloud Print Services 2020 report reveals the opportunities for managed print service providers and their customers in transitioning to a cloud-based print infrastructure. The report highlights the key offerings from manufacturers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in the market and discusses the potential for cloud to disrupt the traditional model of procuring and managing the print infrastructure EveryonePrint announces acquisition of One Q EveryonePrint has acquired One Q, creators of the One Q Secure Cloud Print Management solution. The move, which will see a team of experienced people, including developers and engineers, join the EveryonePrint cohort, will enable the company to rapidly strengthen its offer to address ever-changing market needs and make cloud printing accessible to more customers and partners. The acquisition of One Q brings together two companies focused on consistently delivering innovative, best-of-breed technology offerings. The transaction also adds significant capabilities to EveryonePrint’s overall proposition for the channel. “The strategic combination of EveryonePrint and One Q will build upon the success of EveryonePrint Hybrid Cloud Platform (HCP), our multi-tenant Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud print infrastructure platform,” said Tavs Dalaa, CEO, EveryonePrint. “Demand for HCP has exceeded all our projections, we have seen a 300 per cent growth over the past 12 months. This investment provides us with the opportunity to rapidly scale and will further strengthen our ability to support our global partners as they strive to meet the pressing requirement to accelerate cloud adoption.” One Q’s solutions are compatible with almost all printers and MFPs; in private, public and hybrid clouds; (as well as onsite local area networks) and support more than 20 different languages. “Extending our technical capability and R&D resource, marks a significant opportunity for our channel partners and their customers. Through the delivery of future- proof cloud technologies and services, we will empower our partners to accelerate their customers’ migration to the cloud, reduce the cost and complexity associated with a traditional print environment, and ultimately achieve business growth,” Dalaa added. “We are excited about the collaboration, the team at One Q bring a wealth of knowledge and customer relationships gained from more than 15 years in business. By bringing the two entities together, we can expedite development on future products and ultimately deliver on our strategic goal to be the No.1 cloud platform for print infrastructure,” he concluded. will remain evenly split between private and public clouds, even though more workloads overall will migrate to the cloud. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, global IT decision-makers identified 23 per cent of workloads as residing in the public cloud, and 25 per cent in the private cloud. By 2025, these same decision-makers believe 28 per cent of workloads will reside in the public cloud, and 30 per cent in the private cloud. Opportunities for MPS providers The rapid adoption of cloud services has enabled businesses of all sizes to gain access to enterprise applications and infrastructure based on subscription models. This provides flexibility, scalability, reliability and improved performance, while reducing costs and freeing IT resources to focus on more strategic activities. Increasingly, hybrid cloud – a mixture of private and multiple public cloud platforms – will become the reality for many organisations as they look to integrate legacy environments. The promise of higher levels of availability, on-demand capacity, low-cost storage and a broad digital ecosystem is accelerating cloud adoption. According to Quocirca Director Louella Fernandes, this is creating opportunities for MPS providers to deliver cloud-based service offerings that overcome the challenges of traditional on-premise print management. “Cloud print platforms and services are emerging as a way of minimising the cost, lowering the burden and improving the efficiency of operating an on-premise print infrastructure,” Cloud print platforms and services are emerging as a way of minimising the cost, lowering the burden and improving the efficiency of operating an on- premise print infrastructure Tavs Dalaa