Accellion teams with Ricoh to offer secure mobile printing product

No virtual private network connection needed, stresses Accellion

Accellion, a provider of mobile file sharing products, and copier and printer maker Ricoh have teamed to provide enterprises with a secure mobile printing product.

Accellion Mobile Apps for iOS and Android enables enterprises with Ricoh HotSpot Enterprise software to print securely within a closed-loop system.

Mobile workers can edit and print Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Office documents, PDFs and images to corporate printers without the need for a virtual private network connection, Hormazd Romer, senior director of product marketing at Accellion, told FierceMobileIT.

To use the Accellion product, enterprises need to have Ricoh HotSpot Enterprise software installed on premise. IT managers register specific printers to the print service and enforce authentication for users to print from enterprise printers. Then, users log in to the secure Accellion Mobile App by using their corporate network credentials and then see a display listing authorized printers for printing, Accellion explained.

"With our solution, you can access printers securely without having to use a VPN ... There are a lot of problems with [VPNs], especially with mobile devices," Romer noted.

"We see this mobile printing capability as a further enhancement of improving mobile productivity," he added.

However, IDC sees a number of obstacles that could hold back mobile printing deployments, including market fragmentation, lack of common standards, and challenges related to device discovery, registration and mobile operating system support.

"Customers are educated about the mobile print value proposition and are increasingly engaging with providers. Lack of standardization is a barrier for adoption by the early majority, despite recommendation by early adopters," observed Dinesh Srirangpatna, research manager for hardcopy peripherals, software and services, at IDC.

For more:
- see the Accellion release
- check out IDC's analysis

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