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Print Files

Print Files and Bandwidth Optimization

Print files are typically much larger than the files used by applications to store information. This is due to the detailed instructions required for printers to properly format printed pages. Sending print files to remote printers has long been a challenge.

Consider printing orders at a warehouse that sits outside the fiber or cable infrastructure. It could rely on a T-1, DSL, maybe microwave or satellite to reach the Internet. If it takes 6 seconds to move a print file from a computer on a 100 Mbps LAN, it would take a minute (ignoring the impact of latency for sake of this illustration) to move the data over a 10 Meg WAN link and an hour on a 1 Meg connection.

Acceleration Systems’ optimization service incorporates transport layer optimization and data offload processes which dramatically improves print performance. TCP optimization makes the connection between the computer generating content and the printer more efficient. In situations where repetitive content such as daily reports or packing slips are printed, most of the information is similar to previous print requests. In these situations, data reduction processes (elimination of duplicate text and formatting character strings, file compression, and data caching) reduce traffic to the printer up to 95%. So, whether the printer is located next to the computer or across a continent, Acceleration Systems moves information from computer to paper faster.