BlackBerry Limited has announced BES12 Cloud, a cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution that will offer easy management of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 smartphones and tablets, as well as a wide range of Samsung KNOX and Android for Work smartphones and tablets.
BES12 Cloud will offer customers more flexibility and choice in managing their mobile solution while supporting a broad range of device mobility policies, all through a simple browser interface and without complicated or expensive server installs.
A recent IDC Technology Spotlight underscored BlackBerry's unique position in the enterprise market: "BlackBerry has taken the initiative to consider current and future EMM scenarios, and rearchitect its EMM offering in a way that exhaustively addresses them. IDC believes BES12 meets the market's extraordinarily complex requirements by delivering a modern platform to manage all endpoints."
BES12 Cloud provides all the core functionality of the on-premise design of BES12, with ease and simplicity to manage and deploy. The BES12 platform is a cross-platform EMM solution that sits at the center of a secure enterprise mobility ecosystem that extends beyond EMM to communications, collaboration, and identity and access management. BES12 Cloud offers 100 percent online registration and purchase process and it only takes minutes from purchase to EMM service availability in the cloud.
Low monthly subscriptions also include BlackBerry's technical support.
"BlackBerry always commits to deliver secure and innovative products to help our customers drive productivity and efficiency in their organizations, while reducing costs," said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Products and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry. "Close relationships with our customers and partners is why we have announced our commitment to delivering a new BES12 Cloud solution later this month and delivered enhancements to BES12 and BBM Meetings today, continuing the expansion and evolution of our offering."
BES12 Cloud will provide expanded cross-platform EMM capabilities to securely manage any mobile deployment model such as BYOD, COPE and COBO, and will leverage BlackBerry's trusted global infrastructure. BES12 Cloud is geared towards enterprises looking to manage mobile devices, protect their corporate data and enable employee productivity. Its simple setup and configuration also makes it easy for small and medium businesses (SMBs) to adopt cross platform MDM and take advantage of cloud-based productivity and collaboration solutions like BlackBerry Blend and BBM Meetings.
BES12 version 12.1 adds support for Samsung KNOX Standard, the first phase of the BlackBerry and Samsung partnership which offers enhanced Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) controls for Samsung Android devices. Support for the KNOX Workspace is planned for an upcoming release of BES12 which will also feature BlackBerry Secure Connectivity.
BES12 Cloud is now available as a closed beta and will be available worldwide through a combination of BlackBerry direct sales and channel partners later this month.