The platform will have high availability built-in, supporting depolyments of up to hundreds of thousands of smart phones.
It will also feature the new BlackBerry Administration Service, a web-based management console.
The Administation Service tool will allow IT managers to schedule tasks in advance, simplify policy manaagement, and use roles-based access, said Alan Panezic, VP of software product management at RIM.
BES 5 will also feature 'over the air' software upgrades. Panazik commented "[The] IT [department] should not to have to touch the end-user device", and over the air updates will help them to be more hands-off.
Panazik said that BlackBerry has been running and testing BES 5 for two years, and that it will be the "easiest" BES upgrade to date.
Argon announcement from last October - RIM unveils details of new Blackberry Enterprise Server