So what exactly is new with BES 10.1? Four important features stand out, which make this enterprise system a whole new ball game.
Regulated level enterprise mobility option, single server deployment, high availability and new reporting and dashboard make BES 10.1 beat the competition.
For instance, dashboard reporting provides a unified view of key metrics for the customer’s entire fleet of BlackBerry, iOS and Android. Also if you are a small company and need only one server, then this ES is for you. There is also no need to open additional ports as it works on the same footprint as existing BES.
Talking about high availability the speakers highlighted that in the event of a failure of an individual BES 10 within a primary server, a secondary standby BES 10 server will take over ensuring continued service for end users.
BES 10.1 will be launched as a cloud server this summer. As a result of this there will be a single web console for multiples device management.
Another feature that was highlighted during the session was the ActiveSync. BlackBerry is often asked – why ActiveSync?
The reasons answer the question perfectly. First, it’s easy for the IT. Second, it’s a simple and right solution when a company doesn’t have advanced security needs. Third, it’s very easy for a user to handle ActiveSync and it is the simplest way to give BB 10 users access to corporate mail and PIM.
BlackBerry also unveiled BlackBerry® Enterprise Instant Messaging (Enterprise IM) 3.0, a free update of the company’s enterprise instant messaging solution, enabling customers with BlackBerry 10 smartphones to securely communicate over Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communication Server or IBM Lotus Sametime.
BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, BlackBerry’s multi-platform enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, and BlackBerry 10 smartphones to protect communications by encrypting data from end-to-end.
Andrew Short, manager and Jeff Kuckelman, senior solution development manager further added to this and told us that Enterprise IM brings all our communication together in the BB hub.
Gregg Ostrowksi, Senior Director, Enterprise Development, took the stage and remarked on how with BB 10, BlackBerry changed the way they build applications and highlighted four pillar for enterprise apps developersl; connectivity- built in VPN, standard based development platform, notifications push; and application management.
According to Ostrowksi, developers have to think about the BlackBerry platform in this way when they decide to build an app.
CNME is reporting live from BlackBerry Live in Orlando.