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From March 31st, BlackBerry will move to a new licensing model for BES 10. There will be three types of license: Silver, Gold for BlackBerry and Gold for Secure WorkSpace.
All licenses will be available in annual or perpetual models.
BlackBerry has unveiled plans for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 (BES 12), which will unite BES 10 and BES 5 to one platform whilst providing support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. In addition, a new promotional program will provide free migration to BES10, while a new pricing structure enables customers to simplify their enterprise mobility management (EMM) environment to a single trusted provider.
“BES10 is the only mobility management solution that meets the highest security demands of regulated industries and is also flexible enough for BYOD,” said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry. “This value proposition is why the new BES12 architecture is designed to ensure that the more than 80,000 existing BES customers can seamlessly migrate forward. As we execute on our long term vision, we will offer all customers the opportunity to move forward with us. The investment customers make in BlackBerry today will be a valuable investment for the future.”
BlackBerry has released the first Maintenance Release for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.2. This update includes a number of security updates and bug fixes but no new features of note.
What has changed is the License Manager to reflect the fact that it is now possible to purchase an EMM Regulated license together with an EMM Regulated SIM data plan bundled together from many mobile network operators: as shown above the License Manager now refers to SIM licenses and Server licenses.
An EMM Regulated license allows you to activate a BlackBerry 10 smartphone in work-only mode, with no personal area available.
This video showcases the functionality in BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and Secure Work Space that offers full management and control for deploying and managing apps to iOS and Android devices within your organisation.
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 from BlackBerry simplifies the management of BYOD, COPE and Corporate Controlled iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices in your organisation. Offering comprehensive device management, app deployment and content management across all major platforms enabling organisations to perfectly balance end user and corporate needs.
BES 5 for Office 365 is an on-premise option for those customers that do not wish to use the BlackBerry Cloud Services for Office 365 offering. The solution allows you to synchronise your BlackBerry device with your cloud hosted Office 365 Exchange mailbox, whilst also retaining access to local corporate resources.
The installation process is as follows:
Version 10.1.3 of the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 product is now available to download. New features include:
BlackBerry has released an update to its Enterprise Instant Messaging software for BlackBerry 10. Requiring BES 10.1, the software adds to the existing functionality available in the previous version, which supports Microsoft Office Communications Server, Microsoft Lync and Lotus SameTime, with the following features:
The Documents To Go application for iOS and Android devices is now available to download free to users of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.1.
IT Manager is a comprehensive enterprise server administration tool allowing you to monitor and manage your infrastructure from your iOS device. The application is free to use for 7 days, after which a subscription is required. The monitoring capabilities can be used free of charge, but after the trial expires the management capabilities require a paid subscription.
IT Manager can be used to manage VMWare, Windows Server, SSH, Telnet, Google Apps, Amazon Web Services, RDP, VNC, Apple Remote Desktop and BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
UPDATE - for information on how to trade your CALs for BES 10.1 licenses, read this article.
Until 31st December 2013 it is possible to convert your existing BES 5 user licenses for new BES 10 user licenses.
Simply access the License Trade Up Portal:
Select your desired language and click Next.
Select the option "Enterprise Customer" and click Next.
RIM has announced support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express product.
In order to use the BlackBerry Enterprise Server product with a Microsoft Exchange 2013 deployment, version 5.0.4 Maintenance Release 2 or later will be required.
Also required will be the Microsoft MAPI/CDO package, version 6.5.8289.0 or later - available for download from the Microsoft web site.
There are a number of pre-installation requirement tasks which also need to be completed in the Exchange environment. The procedure is as follows.
RIM has announced "Secure WorkSpace for iOS and Android". Coming in Q2 2013 as an update for the BES 10 product, the solution will provide BlackBerry Balance-style secure email, calendar, contacts, web browsing and corporate data access from iPhone and Android devices activated with the BES 10 server.
Maintenance Release 2 for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.4 adds support for Microsoft Lync 2013 enterprise instant messaging. The update is available to download from the BlackBerry web site Here.
No new client is required on smartphone devices, the existing Lync client is compatible.