Xerox to Provide MPS, Mobile Printing over Cisco Networks
Xerox and Cisco Systems have formed a new partnership under which Cisco will implement Xerox’s Managed Print Services over Cisco network architecture, as well as integrate Xerox’s mobile printing solution. MPS programs such as the Xerox program are designed to help enterprises better track and manage printer/MFP usage, as well as control printing habits, in order to overall reduce costs and better allocate printing resources.
With the announcement, enterprises will be able to add Xerox’s Managed Print Services (MPS), including mobile printing, over Cisco Borderless Networks using a network’s embedded security, WAN optimization, and Internetwork Operating System (IOS) software. With Xerox’s mobile printing, users can securely print business documents from any e-mail-enabled device, including now from Cisco virtual desktop clients and Cisco Cius business tablets, to any enabled printer, using Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions. With mobile printing, users print without downloading print drivers, software, etc.; after they send a print job from a mobile device, the printer sends the user a confirmation code. The user enters the confirmation code at the printer’s control panel, selects print-job settings, and then prints the job.
Xerox will also be making its Affiliated Computing Services (ACS) division’s cloud-computing services available for use on Cisco’s Unified Computing System and Vblock infrastructure. ACS’s cloud-computing services are designed for implementing information-technology outsourcing (ITO) in the enterprise, and will be available to customers as a private cloud, public cloud, or hybrid cloud. These cloud services will include infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud consulting services, and private cloud deployments. The advantage for the enterprise is that by outsourcing business processes such as invoice or bill processing, they can help minimize their IT costs.
The new services will be be marketed by Cisco channel partners and Xerox, and ultimately may help Xerox better compete with competitors such as Hewlett-Packard in the Managed Print Services market.