PaperCut Blog

Printer load balancing: Round Robin vs. “the algorithm”

Another ordinary day, another ordinary customer query. Or that’s what I thought before printer load balancing came to the party.

Join me as I reflect on a humbling solution journey, and dive into “the algorithm” – PaperCut’s ingenious method for handling print job distribution.

Trust me, it’s a thing of beauty.

The power of Docker and containerization

If you’ve been in IT over the last three years you would’ve heard people shout DOCKER from the rooftops demanding its immediate use, everywhere, in your technology infrastructure. And you may have said to yourself, “What’s a Docker?”

PaperCutter Alec Clews shares his insights into the good, the bad and the ugly (ok, there’s no ugly) of Docker.

How embracing technology makes for happier teachers

We’ve talked about all the good stuff our Google Premier Partnership gives to students.

But what about teachers? The guides for new generations? The shapers of minds? Won’t someone please think of the teachers?!

Move over pen and paper, technology and teachers are the new perfect pair – and I’m gonna tell you why.

Chatting with the CEO about customer-championing choice

I recently explored how PaperCut provides choice at a solution level. Everything from endless brand/device combinations, to having your network on the premises, or in the cloud.

But I also wanted to look at choice through a more values-focused lens – and who better to do that with than our CEO Chris himself! Read on for a choice chat.

How we provide supreme choice and flexibility for your printing

On the premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid of both; one device, one hundred, or one thousand… We’ll slot in beautifully no matter how you choose to set up your network.

Join me as I look at how PaperCut goes above and beyond in giving customers unbeatable flexibility, and future-proofing choice.

Using Apache Beam in Kotlin to reduce boilerplate code

We’ve been using Apache Beam Java SDK to build streaming and batch pipelines running on Google Cloud Dataflow. It’s solid, but we felt the code could be a bit more streamlined.

That’s why we took Kotlin for a spin! Find out how we leverage it to reduce the boilerplate code.

How failure mode keeps you printing and winning

Picture this: a customer has a PaperCut App Server in their data center; each computer has Direct Print Monitor installed; and the local water company has a date first thing Monday to drill clean through the data center link.

… That hurt to type out. Surely no link means no printing, right? Well, not with failure mode doing its thing. Find out how!

The ultimate guide to High Availability methods for Microsoft SQL Server

High Availability is incredibly important for maximizing uptime in any print infrastructure using Microsoft SQL Server.

But if a customer wants to go beyond mere implementation, and figure out which High Availability method is truly the best for their business, the process can be a doozy.

So let’s clear things up a bit!

The n00b’s guide to Docker

Like most geeks on the planet, many of us here at PaperCut have been getting up to speed on Docker (the Open Source containerization platform) over the last few months and years.

Remembering the difficulties and the questions I had back then, I’ve created a short one hour talk to get people bootstrapped into Docker.

[WHITEPAPER] PaperCut and High Availability

99.99%.

It’s a compelling figure. The uptime guarantee trumpeted in SLAs the world over.

Of course, 100% is simply unattainable. Those SLAs must provide wiggle room for the .01% of unplanned, unavoidable, ‘well I didn’t expect THAT to happen, ‘what do you mean there’s been a power spike to the UPS’, ‘so THAT’S what that switch does’ events.

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