RIM Unveils Hosted BlackBerry Offering For SMBBy Brian P. Watson | Posted 2006-07-06 Email Print
Research in Motion announced a server that will let telecom companies host RIM mobile service for small and mid-sized customers.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM), the top seller in the enterprise smartphone market, today announced a new software offering, the Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server, that will allow carriers and service providers to host RIM's mobile service for small to medium-sized businesses customers.
Those carriers that host the service software will be able to offer their small to medium-sized business (SMB) customers support for e-mail programs such as Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise, according to David Wilmering, a product marketing director with RIM. They'll also be able to provide access to instant messaging, Web browsing and access to a company's intranet and other business applications.
Previously, if SMB customers wanted those services their only option was to install and manage their own BlackBerry software.
RIM currently offers, through its carrier partners, the BlackBerry Internet Service, which integrates up to 10 mailboxes, usually for firms that use Internet service providers for their primary e-mail, and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, a scaled-down version of RIM's enterprise server software product that provides wireless e-mail as well as security and policy controls for small businesses or small satellite offices.
The new hosted offering is different in that it lets SMBs manage their e-mail environments, set security policies across the company and build their own applications.
RIM's Wilmering said that more than 30 carriers and service providers including EDS, British Telecom and Vodafonehave agreed to support the package
Wilmering says the Waterloo, Ontario, company saw potential in the SMB market based on customer feedbacksmall companies, he said, that came to them asking for a hosted option because they have less capital to spend on technology implementations and maintenance.