Research In Motion at the BlackBerry World 2011 announced its plans for a multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for managing and securing mobile devices for enterprises and government organizations.
"The multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will be comprised of optional architectural components based on the configuration of an organization's mobile deployment and their operational needs. Optional components will include BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for BlackBerry devices, and a separate, secure device management server for Android and iOS devices (based on the foundation of ubi-Suite from ubitexx). It'll be possible to deploy multiple components in a virtualized environment on a single server."
"The single web-based console is being designed to provide IT admins with a simple and efficient way to distribute software and manage policies, inventory, security and services for BB devices, as well as other mobile devices. IT admins will be able to manage devices over-the-air, including activating devices, distributing software and apps, locking or wiping devices, enforcing and resetting device passwords, setting IT policies, and managing optional mobile apps for end users. Certain features are expected to remain exclusive to BB devices because such capabilities are built into the design of a device's operating system. Examples include RIM's industry-leading push technology, network and data usage efficiency, behind-the-firewall access to enterprise apps and systems, and many of the over 550 IT policies available through BB ES. The BlackBerry Balance technology, which supports the use of a single smartphone for both work and personal purposes without compromising the security of corporate content or the privacy of personal content, will also remain exclusive to BlackBerry devices," stated RIM.
Overall, as is largely understood in the enterprise market today, organizations can expect a range of security, manageability and controls depending on different device platform capabilities, with some devices further limited by the design of their operating system.
[Source: RIM Press]