Cisco Systems Inc. this week announced SNA Print Server for CIP (Cisco's Channel Interface Processor), which lets tn3270 users print mainframe data from a central dedicated print server. Cisco's CIP directly links the firm's Series 7000 and 7500 routers to the mainframe. Previously, remote Cisco tn3270 server users had to install and configure individual print gateways to print off the host. Users can now access and print mainframe data off any printer in an enterprise net, and IS staffs have a single point of management for print operations.
SNA Print Server software runs on IBM AIX, Sun Solaris or Hewlett Packard HP-UX servers linked to the CIP router, and can handle up to 1,500 print sessions simultaneously. SNA Print Server software is available for US$1,995, and it costs an additional $150 per printer.