Novell serves up enterprise printing for BYOD era

Novell has spun off its iPrint print server from its Open Enterprise Server package, and has mobile connectivity

By , IDG News Service |  Application Management

IPrint has some competition in the enterprise printing space. Hewlett-Packard offers similar capabilities though its own ePrint, which can also provide printing services to mobile devices.

Novell's iPrint could be more appealing to enterprises, because unlike many other mobile printing offerings, it does not need to communicate with outside cloud services to complete a print job. Organizations that worry about the security of their documents may be wary of routing print jobs outside the enterprise firewall, Reichert said.

With Apple iOS devices, iPrint uses the Apple AirPrint wireless printing feature. The printers themselves don't need to be AirPrint compatible. IPrint connects with the Apple devices through AirPrint, and then relays the print jobs to the non-AirPrint printers.

The software package currently will run only on a VMware virtualized environment, though the next version of iPrint will also be packaged in virtual machines able to run on Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix Xen hypervisors as well.

IPrint Enterprise edition starts at US$900 for a 50-seat annual subscription license, covering both mobile and desktop use. Pricing options are also available for mobile-only clients -- for offices that already have printing management for desktop computers -- that start at $350 for an annual subscription of 50 users.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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