In a move aimed to rekindle interest in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), BlackBerry has extended the platform to support Android and iOS.
BlackBerry has embraced mobile device management (MDM) beyond BlackBerry devices by offering secure Android and iOS within the BlackBerry Enterprise Service.
The company has introduced a security product called Secure Work Space, costing $99 per device per year, that separates work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices,. It runs as an add-on for with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (version 10.1.1).
Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has been piloted globally with BlackBerry customers since the launch of BlackBerry 10.
Netherlands-based e-office mobile is one of BlackBerry’s early adopter program for Secure Work Space.
“Secure Work Space builds on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and we found that BlackBerry’s secure infrastructure offered our company the best containerisation solution to help mobilise our multi-platform environment, while maintaining a great user experience,” said Thierry Lammers, director and co-founder, e-office mobile. “We’re looking forward to deploying this solution across our organisation and to our customers in the coming months and bringing the separation of work and personal data to life on iOS and Android devices.”
Secure Work Space offers integrated email (with attachment viewing), calendar and contacts for productivity, as well as secure browser access to intranets and document editing capabilities with BlackBerry’s Documents To Go support.
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According to Blackberry, Secure Work Space extends the secure connectivity on BlackBerry devices to iOS and Android devices. The Secure Work Space container is managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, making it easy and convenient to manage all devices from its single console, the company said.
BlackBerry said the Secure Work Space software enables customers to save effort, administration and expense as they no longer need to configure and manage expensive VPN (virtual private network) infrastructures to provide mobile device access to data and apps that reside behind their corporate firewalls
David Smith, executive vice-president, Enterprise Mobile Computing at BlackBerry, said: "In today’s bring-your-own-device world, Secure Work Space is a differentiated solution that brings key elements of the BlackBerry security platform and MDM to iOS and Android devices."