Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

Summary: No support planned as yet for Windows Phone, but it could be added if there is demand.

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From the 'I didn't see this coming' files.

RIM, makers of the iconic BlackBerry handset, are coming out with device management software for the iPhone, iPad and Android.

The new Mobile Fusion device management software will be released during Q1 in 2012 and will allow corporate IT to set up and control the use of passwords and apps on a range of devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. There's no support planned as yet for Windows Phone, but it could be added if there is demand.

"What our enterprise customers are looking for, and the opportunity for us, is to become the de facto platform," RIM's vice-president for enterprise product management, Alan Panezic, told Reuters in an interview ahead of the announcement.

"We will take full advantage of whatever security capabilities are provided by the core operating system. We're not going to hold that back in any way, shape or form."

Mobile Fusion will work alongside BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES). It makes sense for BlackBerry to capitalize on the success of other platforms, especially given its lack of success in breaking into the tablet market.

No pricing details have been released but RIM says it will be "competitive."

Maybe Apple can now come out with a native email client for RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Topics: Software, Mobility, BlackBerry, Security

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  • RE: Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

    So the software is limited to be managed by Blackberry Servers only? Hmm sounds like they are looking for a way to lock customers in to stay alive.
    bobiroc
    • RE: Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

      @bobiroc The Blackberry Enterprise Server is a server on your own network, that you control ... not one on RIMs Network, so theoretically, you could have an army of all iPhones and NO blackberry devices and still use this system ... how is that locking customers in to stay alive ... I don't see the connection ...

      Ludo
      Ludovit
      • RE: Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

        @Ludovit

        I understand that... But the data it uses is locked to RIMs Branded server and software?
        bobiroc
      • RE: Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

        @bobiroc

        No only Blackberry devices would use RIM's NOC for traffic routing. This solution would Exchange ActiveSync just like MobileIron, Zenprise etc.
        MobileAdmin
  • RE: Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

    Yeah, you know Steve Jobs had to pass before this could fly.

    Can you imagine his reaction to: "RIM Software to control iDevices"
    UrNotPayingAttention
  • RE: Security software for iPhone/iPad/Android coming from RIM

    to the author, RIM announced this was coming back in May. this move removes the need for business to purchase a third party platform like Good Technology to support non Blackberry handsets.

    maybe the author should report the news instead of trying to be a comedian.
    HabsSuck