Pricing starts at $380 for a six-user license; the service works with any BlackBerry personal or business service plan.
Research In Motion subsidiary Alt-N Technologies announced the
availability of MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition, an
updated edition of the Microsoft Windows-based MDaemon e-mail and
messaging server. Aimed at SMBs (small and midsize businesses), the new
edition integrates wireless synchronization, security, management and
control features for BlackBerry smartphones and is available as a
single software download.
MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition is an all-in-one e-mail
and messaging solution that makes possible for midmarket businesses to
provide their employees with secure access to e-mail, calendar and
contacts from nearly anywhere via the desktop, the Web or BlackBerry
smartphones. Pricing starts at $380 for a six-user license, and the
service works with any BlackBerry personal or business service plan
that includes e-mail access. It can be installed on a server running
Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows Vista or Windows 2003, or on a desktop
computer running Windows XP.
Key wireless features include e-mail instantly pushed to the user's
BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry push technology, wirelessly
synchronized calendar, contacts, e-mail folders and personal
distribution lists between the MDaemon messaging server and BlackBerry
smartphones, the ability to flag an e-mail for follow-up from a
BlackBerry smartphone and the ability to send and respond to meeting
invitations from a BlackBerry smartphone.
Users can also look up a colleague's calendar availability from a
BlackBerry smartphone, edit attachments using Documents To Go on a
BlackBerry smartphone and search for e-mails on the MDaemon Messaging
Server from a BlackBerry smartphone. The platform also includes IT
policy management and controls for BlackBerry smartphones designed
specifically for SMB environments, a remote lock or wipe feature of a
BlackBerry smartphone's content in the event that the device is lost or
Additional features include Integrated MDaemon Instant Messaging for
complete and flexible inter-office communications and encrypted data
transmission between BlackBerry smartphones and the messaging server
using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Triple Data Encryption
Standard (Triple DES). The company said MDaemon Messaging Server,
BlackBerry Edition can be installed in as little as 30 minutes by
running a single installation wizard to set up both the server and
BlackBerry smartphones. The platform also includes a management console
for directly or remotely securing, managing and controlling both e-mail
and BlackBerry smartphone functionality.
"MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition brings together proven
strengths of Alt-N's MDaemon technology and RIM's BlackBerry enterprise
technology, yielding a secure and reliable mobile communications
solution for small and mid-sized businesses," said Peter Devenyi, vice
president, communications platform group at RIM.
Devenyi noted MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition is currently
available in more than 40 countries and seven languages, including
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and
Japanese. The company uses a network of global distributors and
resellers for the sales and support of its products.
"MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition is an all-in-one
messaging and wireless server that is easy to set up, easy to use,
secure and very affordable," said Arvel Hathcock, founder and CEO of
Alt-N Technologies. "It's ideal for both new and established businesses
that want the benefits of more advanced smartphone features, controls,
security and management."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.