ZDNet recently reported that BlackBerry has launched BES 10.1 quietly as a service, as a part of launch of latest update to BlackBerry Enterprise Service. BlackBerry hasn’t broadcasted a press release so far about this new development but the company has begun to talk openly about it.
Pete Devenyi, BlackBerry’s SVP of Enterprise Software said that BlackBerry is making BES 10.1 available as a cloud service and many companies are in trial.
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.1 will definitely give the company a boost as it is raised to meet the demands for solutions to manage the iOS and Android devices in a BYOD environment.
With service providers striving hard to convince the businesses to end deploying their own servers and data centers and simply switch to server capacity and enterprise applications on demand, it puts pressure on other apps and server providers to do same in order to integrate in a better way with these cloud solutions and to match up business model for the customers.
As messaging platforms such as Microsoft Exchange push towards the cloud, it makes sense for the BlackBerry, which is a name in securely deliver Exchange and other main enterprise services to mobile devices, to do the same.
Devenyi added that for Blackberry it is a major initiative and they are very pleased with the progress they have made there and interest shown by customers.
Devenyi said that the latest BES 10.1 also provides virtualization improvements for all those who still want to run the BES on their own servers and VMs. That includes additional ability to run BES 10.1 and BES 5 (to support the legacy BlackBerry devices and older BES implementations) on the same server and help smaller organizations to quickly deploy the BES 10.1 in a VM.
BlackBerry recently has announced their second in line QWERTY BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5. Now the SIM free version of Q5 handset is available on pre-order in UK for £349.98 including taxes.
The BlackBerry Q5 comes with BlackBerry 10 and it features a good 3.1 inch touchscreen display with resolution of 720×720 pixels, plus a nice QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry Q5 has a front 2 mega-pixel camera for video chat as well as a 5 megapixel camera including an LED flash. The handset also comes with a 2GB of RAM and a good 8GB of built in storage, and long lasting 2,180 mAh battery.
The BlackBerry Q5 available for £349.98 is a SIM free version and can be used with any carrier.