RIM has unveiled a mobile device management system specifically designed to help firms manage devices running on Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS, as well as the firm’s own BlackBerry operating system.
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion also combines BlackBerry Enterprise Server (version 5.0.3), new management capabilities for the firm’s PlayBook tablet, and mobile device management for smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems.
RIM enterprise management VP Alan Panezic said: ‘BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web console.
‘It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organisations.’
Blackberry Mobile Fusion is currently in early beta testing with select enterprise customers. RIM is now accepting customer nominations for the closed beta program, which will start in January, and general availability is expected in late March 2012.
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will provide the following mobile device management capabilities for all supported mobile devices:
• Asset management
• Configuration management
• Security and policy definition and management
• Secure and protect lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
• User- and group-based administration
• Multiple devices per user
• Application and software management
• Connectivity management (Wi-Fi, VPN, certificate)
• Centralised console
• High scalability