RIM Details BlackBerry Enterprise SERVICE (BES) 10

RIM released a number of new details about its upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Service, which will merge all of its BlackBerry, iOS and Android smartphone-and-tablet management products into one unified IT management product.

Last week, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) shared the first details on its upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10. Shortly after RIM contacted me with the information, I wrote a post to clear up some confusion that arose from a misleading report on BGR.com, and I mentioned that RIM was planning to write a blog post on its Insider BlackBerry for Business Blog to provide additional clarification. Today, the company finally posted that entry.

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The most notable new details: BES 10 stands for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, not BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10. It will consists of a number of components, including the BlackBerry Device Service; the Universal Device Service; and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server—if organizations want to manage current, in-market BlackBerry devices. And the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software will need a dedicated server in addition to the one that will run the other components. However, RIM plans to release an update next spring that will resolve the multi-server issue.

From RIM:

"The roadmap for BES 10 includes an upgrade currently scheduled for BlackBerry World in May 2013. This upgrade will consolidate BDS and UDS into a single component, and will allow for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and existing BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES 5.0.3+) to run on the same physical server; both seamlessly managed using a single fully featured management console. Additionally, with BES 10 there will no longer be a requirement to have the server connected to the same Local Area Network as the mail server. These developments will centralize mobility management into a single point and provide flexibility, convenience, and added functionality."

Also of note, RIM said it will release the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.4 update for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino in September, and the 5.0.4 update for Novell GroupWise should be released in the "fall of 2012."

Check out RIM's BES 10 post for additional information.

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