MWC: RIM intros server software


Research in Motion (RIM) has introduced BleckBerry Enterprise Server Express, which is new server software that wirelessly and securely synchronses BlackBerry smartphones with Microsoft Exchange or Windows Small Buisness Server.

The new software will be provided free of charge as a download from next month. RIM said it offers economcal advantages to SMBs that want the enterprise-grade security and managebility of the serverbut don’t require all of its advanced features. It added the software provides a cost-effective solution that enables IT departments to meet the growing demand from employees to be able to connect their personal BlackBerry smartphones to their work email.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express works with Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007 and 2003 and Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 and 2003 to provide users with secure, push-based, wireless access to email, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks, as well as other business applications and enterprise systems behind the firewall. The new server software utilises the same security architecture found in BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said: “Today we are announcing an exciting new offering that further expands the market opportunity for the BlackBerry platform. In a marketplace where smartphones are becoming ubiquitous, BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express significantly raises the bar by providing a cost-effective solution that allows companies of all sizes to support enterprise-grade mobile connectivity for all employees without compromising security or manageability.”