RIM Announces Overhauled Enterprise Server

By Carol Ellison  |  Posted 2004-05-18 Print this article Print

New BlackBerry Enterprise Server, v.4.0, offers features to ease, enhance and secure enterprise deployments of mobile devices.

CHICAGO—Research In Motion (RIM) announced BlackBerry Enterprise Server Version 4.0, featuring enhanced security and over-the-air provisioning, today at the companys third annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium here. The new version, which the company demonstrated at the symposium but will not ship until later this year, simplifies deployment and application development for mobile devices in the enterprise and further secures the data being transmitted. Support for the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) will be added in Version 4.0. Enterprise Server already includes support for Triple DES (Data Encryption Standard), S/MIME (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) and FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) government certification.
Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center at http://security.eweek.com for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. "Security, reliability, manageability and scalability remained high priorities for this new release, along with many new functional enhancements, including wireless PIM synchronization, improved attachment viewing and enriched browsing," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of RIM. Version 4.0 allows users to wirelessly exchange data with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, eliminating the need for a cradle to provision the devices and to synchronize user data between the server and the handheld. It also includes an asset-tracking mechanism that allows IT departments to identify the handheld devices being deployed and to remotely control the applications that are installed on them. The new version also features improvements in the handling of attachments. It includes an enriched browser and new Java development tools, as well as telephone enhancements such as speed dial. Check out eWEEK.coms Mobile & Wireless Center at http://wireless.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis.

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Carol Ellison is editor of eWEEK.com's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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