Cloud Computing allows companies to externalize the digital resources by storing them on private or public servers. Examples of resources that can be outsourced:
Servers providing computing capabilities,
Solution for storage, backup or archiving
Messaging or collaborative services
Using Cloud Computing, these resources and services are being made available through private service providers. Using the modus operandi of an SaaS (Software as a Service), a company can directly access these applications via a terminal connected to the internet.
The principle of cloud printing is simple. You can print all kind of documents from anywhere at any time, regardless of the device (PC, Mac, netbook, smartphone, iPhone, iPad ...). With this type of printing system, no need to install drivers to connect the terminal to the printer and compatibility issues between different machines(architecture) and OS, should be handled!
EPrint by HP
As of September 2010 HP launched printer models specifically designed for cloud computing. Specific email addresses will be assgined to these devices. With this system, it will be possible to control HP printers remotely by sending a simple email. All types of documents can be printed: Microsoft Office, PDF documents, JPEG images.
The EPrint comes with several advantages:
The ability to print from any terminal connected to the Internet: Laptops, tablets, smarpthones (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, etc.).
Interconnectivity between the printer and the services provided by Google Cloud, without making use a local proxy or a web appliance. Everyone can access directly to photo albums (Picasa), Docs, Calendar via the printer ...
Providing a platform for online services: ePrint Center. A multitude of functionality and features are available:
storage of documents and files
Monitor print job
Access to different web applications (Yahoo, OpenID, Google, news agencies like Reuters).
A Scheduled Delivery service that will print web content via RSS based upon a predefined frequency (Date, time....)
To qualify for these services, the printer must be connected to the Internet.
Printer models available:
The cloud printing system is available (mostly for business purposes) with a new range of Web Photosmart e-All-in-One printers, declined in four models:
HP Photosmart Wireless (price: 119 €).
HP Photosmart Plus (price: 149 €).
HP Photosmart Premium (price: 199 €).
HP Photosmart Premium Fax (price: 249 €).
Google's Cloud printing system: The user sends the documents to be edited to Google, who in turns redirects them to a specific printer. Whatever the time, place or type of terminal used.
To use this service you will need:
A Google Account
A Google Chrome browser
Subscription to the Google Print service.
A Google Print Ready printer or any other printer that can be connected to the internet.
A universal service for all types printers:
For printers on the market to be accessed/controlled remotely, Google provides two solutions:
A proxy that can be incorporated directly into Chrome (browser). All print settings selected by the user will be sent to the printer via the Google Print.
Most of the new generation of devices have the "Google Print Ready" .
Pogoplug specializes in Cloud Computing and the manufacturing of equipment, designed to turn any external hard drive (USB 2.0) into a NAS (Network Attached Storage), allowing users to share all types of contents via a simple web browser. The Pogoplug now fully integrates Cloud Printing capabilities!