BYOD support for iOS, Android added to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

Improved support for iOS and Android devices are among the enhancements on version 10.2 of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), the vendor’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, that were announced Tuesday.

According to the Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone vendor, nearly 30,000 BES10 commercial and test servers have been installed by customers around the world, who use it as an EMM solution to support BlackBerry devices, as well as iOS and Android smartphones. According to BlackBerry, BES10 is the only EMM solution that can deliver management and security for devices, apps and content across iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices through a single management console.

“We enable any organization or government agency to manage iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices without compromising security,” said Stephen Bates, head of the enterprise business unit at BlackBerry. “No other mobile vendor has the same level of trusted and proven security as BlackBerry. We’ve achieved this with an end-to-end multi-platform solution that’s secured at the device, server and network layer. And now BES10 version 10.2 provides even more tools to help manage BYOD environments and achieve cost efficiencies.”

The new enhancements and features in BES10 version 10.2 include expanded multi-platform support, including Secure Work Space support for iOS7  background email sync and API support allowing the automation of BES10 functions for iOS and Android devices through BlackBerry Web Services. Aslo new is BYOD enrolment for iOS and Android by allowing administrators to manage only the Secure Work Space container on iOS and Android devices. A new self-service portal will allow device users to perform more management tasks on their own, without involving IT. And the cost of BES10 has been reduced, with the solution now scaling to support 100,000 devices per domain.

“There’s a huge opportunity in the enterprise market for vendors that can meet customer requirements for full turn-key solutions for their security and enterprise mobility management demands,” said Stacy Crook, research director, mobile enterprise at IDC, in a statement. “By adding features that support BYOD across any device type, self-service, scalability, and the flexibility to build mobile management into business processes, BlackBerry’s latest release of BES10 demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to its enterprise customer base.”


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