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Cloud Printing Services (CPS)

Cloud printing services (CPS) are hosted cloud computing offerings that enable users to print documents and other materials on any device associated with the cloud. Users create content with any software tool they want and transfer the file to a cloud printing service provider via whatever device they choose, which then routes the file to a cloud-attached printer at a location selected by the user. CPS may be open (hosted by a company that enables other enterprises to use its hardware, software and network to produce printed materials) or closed (a proprietary network that is available to only the enterprise’s customers).Cloud printing enables end users, whether professional buyers or consumers, to have documents printed without being encumbered by actual printing equipment and still have it delivered where and when they want it. Technology providers may enable CPS as part of a managed print services (MPS) offering.

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