BlackBerry is releasing BES 10.2 management platform to give IT staff enhanced flexibility in management of iOS and Android-based devices. In the light of recent news about BlackBerry leaving the smartphone market and focusing on its roots, that is enterprise-level clients, outflow of some of the major BlackBerry corporate clients in the US and Canada, no wonder the company works hard to offer more features for corporate clients.
BES 10, enterprise server platform by BlackBerry, now offers extensive features for Android and iOS smartphones management, moreover, it has improved scalability to offer lower costs.
Released on Tuesday, BES version 10.2 is a more competitive service with cross-platform support. Earlier, BES supported BlackBerry devices only; now it extends its reach to Android and iOS devices. Companies can now bring in their iOS and Android-based devices to BES 10 with the help of “True BYOD mode,” where management takes place in the secure workspace. According to BlackBerry, this feature is perfect for environments that do not prefer full mobile device management control.
Secure workspace container hit the market in June 2013; it protects corporate data and applications and now it works with smartphones running Android 4.3 and iOS 7.
IOS and Android devices management can also be automated with BWS, BlackBerry web services, which will enable companies to develop their own applications to automate various administrative tasks of Android and iOS devices.
In terms of BES scalability, the new version supports up to 100,000 Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices per single domain. This feature significantly reduces the number of servers a company needs, best of all, it lowers the costs. BlackBerry has also added a user self-service portal for company employees to manage their own devices, which will result in fewer inquiries to IT departments. Users themselves can manage their devices, device details, set activation passwords and the like.