BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 now available for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino.
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TSX True Space Extension :RIM) has announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Server BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is the name of the middleware software package that is part of the BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion.
BES connects to messaging and collaboration software (Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise) on enterprise v4.0 for Microsoft Exchange Messaging and groupware software for Windows from Microsoft. Exchange Server is an Internet-compliant e-mail system that runs under Windows NT/2000 and Windows Server 2003. It can be accessed by Web browsers, the Exchange client, versions of Outlook and the earlier Windows Inbox. and IBM Lotus Domino Lotus Domino is an IBM server product that provides enterprise-grade e-mail, collaboration capabilities, and custom application platform. Domino began life as Lotus Notes Server, the server component of Lotus Development Corporation's client-server messaging technology. is now available. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 offers exceptional manageability, enhanced security and simplified application development. End-users will also benefit from a range of enhancements that improve the overall wireless experience.
"BlackBerry continues to be the leading wireless data platform for enterprise and government organizations around the world and BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 raises the bar even further," said Mike Lazaridis Mihal "Mike" Lazaridis (born 1961, Istanbul, Turkey) is the founder and co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), which created and manufactures the BlackBerry wireless handheld device. He is also the chancellor of the University of Waterloo, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. , President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The majority of our BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers have already begun supporting wireless data applications beyond email and version 4.0 provides significant enhancements to support this trend."
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"Our trial of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 was deemed to be extremely successful for SRP SRP - A data link layer protocol. ," said Jeff Fantin, Analyst, Salt River Project (SRP). "We anticipate a huge increase on our return on investment due to the new wireless deployment features and the handheld management tools. RIM has really taken their wireless solution to the next level with the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0."
BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 continues to build upon and enhance many of the core features that have made BlackBerry the leading wireless platform for corporate and government users. New features include:
Simplified Deployment and Maintenance--BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 enables users to quickly connect their handheld to BlackBerry Enterprise Server with cradle-less wireless provisioning, making it easier for IT departments to deploy BlackBerry throughout their company. IT administrators can also use the handheld configuration tool to centrally load handheld software and provision handhelds with appropriate user data.
Enhanced Handheld Asset Control--IT departments with BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 are provided with additional statistics regarding handhelds that are deployed for enhanced administration and asset tracking. IT departments can remotely control which applications can be installed on handhelds.
Additional Wireless Security Capabilities--BlackBerry sets the standard for secure wireless data access with support for Triple DES See DES.
(cryptography) triple DES - A product cipher which, like DES, operates on 64-bit data blocks. There are several forms, each of which uses the DES cipher 3 times. Some forms use two 56-bit keys, some use three. The DES "modes of operation" may also be used with triple-DES. and S/MIME See MIME. and FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) A series of publications issed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that specifies information security guidelines for federal government departments and agencies. 140 (Federal Information Processing Standards (standard) Federal Information Processing Standards - (FIPS) United States Government technical standards published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). ) government certification. With BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0, additional security features are offered though full support of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard (cryptography, algorithm) Advanced Encryption Standard - (AES) The NIST's replacement for the Data Encryption Standard (DES). The Rijndael /rayn-dahl/ symmetric block cipher, designed by Joan Daemen and Vincent Rijmen, was chosen by a NIST contest to be AES. ) and content protection on the handheld with local data encryption. Additional features include an optional AES encrypted password keeper application that securely stores password entries (e.g. banking passwords and PINs), wireless IT policy support, wireless password controls, wireless lock/wipe commands and wireless encryption key regeneration.
Increased Access Control--IT administrators can now control which application servers are allowed to push content to handhelds through BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, and control the application servers that users can access through BlackBerry Mobile Data Service. This functionality provides IT administrators more granular control of users accessing content with either a pull or push model.
Offline Improvements--The BlackBerry Browser now supports automatic queuing of web page requests if the user is outside a wireless coverage area when the web page is initially requested. These web page requests are formatted correctly and then queued, similar to how emails are queued when composed while out of coverage. This capability can be used for form submission/applications so forms can be completed on the handheld and sent without worrying about coverage conditions. When back in coverage, these submissions are submitted automatically with responses returned to the queue within the BlackBerry Browser so users can view them.
Enhanced Wireless Experience--BlackBerry continues to add functionality to enhance the end-user experience. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provides customers with an enhanced data experience through improved attachment handling capabilities (including the ability to view images, footnotes and track changes), an enriched browser for wireless access to Internet and intranet applications and complete cradle-free wireless synchronization of all email and organizer applications, including the ability to remotely control email filters and out-of-office replies from the handheld. BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.0 also includes enhanced phone features, such as an improved user interface and an A to Z speed dial.
Simplified Application Development--BlackBerry provides a robust wireless platform to support enterprise applications such as CRM (Customer Relationship Management) An integrated information system that is used to plan, schedule and control the presales and postsales activities in an organization. and business intelligence as well as more specialized applications in sectors such as real estate, health care, legal, government and financial services. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provides an enhanced browser and Java development tools that enable developers to easily create and deploy applications for BlackBerry. The Mobile Data Service feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server is uniquely designed to provide ISVs and in-house corporate developers with an environment that supports corporate data access and interaction capabilities beyond email. With BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, customers can leverage their existing, approved BlackBerry architecture and security model to deploy reliable, secure, end-to-end applications without any additional infrastructure to learn or support. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 also features new development toolkits including additional APIs for browser and phone applications and content protection.