What is the Status of Cloud Printing?


A few week ago, we published an article about cloud printing that received quite bit of attention. Anything with the term ‘cloud’ seems to be a hot ticket item these days. Most recently on the ‘cloud radar’, we found a follow up article about cloud printing.

In his article on MPS Insights blog, Rob Sethre wrote,  “Not too long ago, both Google and HP made major cloud printing announcements . It is unclear how soon the actual fulfillment will be available to most potential users, but those announcements, as well as related technology developments, have certainly helped to promote the topic.

It is, however, too early to know precisely what is meant by the term, or who will need it. For Google and HP, it seems that cloud printing really just involves submitting a print job to an ambiguous “somewhere” in order to print it out anywhere. The cloud is actually the easy part, assuming that there is enough bandwidth to transmit and process the print job. The real trick is the input side and the output side – finding the output location, managing the delivery and payment terms, ensuring security, etc.

MFPs have been getting progressively more intelligent, and with the appropriate architecture and programming support, a great amount of document processing can take place in the device itself as opposed to the user’s computer. For example, forms management applications can be embedded in an MFP to completely offload the task of creating, populating and producing completed forms.”

As we all try to adapt to the fast pace of changing technology, how do you think cloud printing will resonate with consumers. Do you think security will be the main concern?

What are your thoughts?

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  1. The term cloud was coined because it is too early in the process to name it anything else — cloud signifies far away, constantly evolving and many places at once. Cloud is a pretty good name for what this is. As in cloud computing, cloud storage et.al., this is and will continue to be an evolutionary technology, or group of technologies. The question at the end of the article — is security an issue — is the key question — of course it is, that IS the issue. All other questions re: technology will ultimately be answered, but the security issue will always exist just as it is with any send/receive technology. Therefore, over coming user reluctance and associated real or imagined risk is the resulting key issue, as comfort levels for users have to be established. Once those parameters have been established, or are at least in process, cloud technologies and applications will be more accepted and more opportunities will emerge for vendors and users alike.