RIM upgrades BlackBerry Enterprise Server

A new version of the company's push-based server software for BlackBerry business users offers better mobile integration with corporate systems.

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Research In Motion on Monday announced the availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, the next generation of the company's push-based server software for BlackBerry business users.

Enterprise Server 5.0 beefs up integration between BlackBerry smartphones and corporate enterprise systems, enabling mobile workers to be more productive, RIM said in a statement.

Additionally, RIM announced a new interface that will let developers push real-time data to consumer BlackBerry users. Until now, push technology was available only in corporate environments. BlackBerry owners will be able to receive news, weather reports, music purchases, games, and other updates.

Enterprise Server lets users tap into corporate e-mail, instant messaging, voice mail, wireless networks, and enterprise applications. Corporate BlackBerry users can access their network files and documents, view and send e-mail attachments, and manage their calendars. Version 5.0 helps IT administrators more easily manage the BlackBerry within a corporate environment, RIM said. Using push technology, the IT staff can send software updates and other content to their BlackBerry users.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 has already been tested in real-world environments over the past year and is currently in use by companies such as IBM, RIM said.

"We are proud to unveil the next generation of BlackBerry Enterprise Server software," Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at RIM, said in a statement. "BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 significantly raises the bar for advanced IT manageability, high availability, system monitoring, and reporting. It has undergone testing in real-world environments for over a year and is available now for customers."

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 is the first mobile platform to win the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+) certification, RIM said.

A new version of BlackBerry Mobile Voice Server (MVS) has also hit the market. Optimized for use with Cisco Unified Communications Manager version 6.1 or later, MVS offers corporate BlackBerry users such benefits as a single, "read me anywhere" corporate phone number, and simultaneous or sequential ringing of up to four devices.