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What do you need load balancing for?

"With the implementation of this solution, we are able to provide a fully redundant, load-balanced, highly efficient and always available solution for our print-on-demand customers around the world."

Lookman Kurusumuthu

Ricoh Canada Inc

Load Balancing Ricoh Print Servers

Ricoh print servers provide a flexible and high performance front-end for printing hardware, such as printers and presses. From a common workflow, users have the power to manage print jobs, queues, and resources across varied printer environments. Color management, secure printing, and more can be handled from a drag-and-drop graphical interface. Third party print management solutions can be load balanced when used with Ricoh print servers.

As print specialists, we understand that print environments can be complex. with multiple technologies and applications. Loadbalancer.org brings these layers together to create systems which are reliable, highly available and high-performing.

For Nuance Equitrac print management software, please refer to the associated Load Balancing Nuance Equitrac deployment guide.

Deployment Mode

For load balancing print servers, the preferred and default load balancer configuration uses Layer 4 Direct Routing DR Mode, sometimes referred to as Direct Server Return (DSR). This is a very high-performance solution that requires little change to your existing infrastructure. It is also possible to load balance a Ricoh print server deployment using Layer 7 SNAT Mode. This mode might be preferable if making changes to the real print servers is not possible, although some Windows Registry keys need to be added. Due to the increased amount of information at layer 7, performance is not as fast as at layer 4. Also note that load balanced connections at layer 7 are not source IP transparent, which is not usually an issue when load balancing print servers but should still be considered.

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