Archive for the ‘enterprise’ Category

New Smartphone technology for enterprise IT infrastructures

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The Research in Motion Ltd has hopes that their new version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server will help in convincing doubtful IT managers that the smartphone technology can meet stiff corporate standards for security and management. Users and analysts said that if the new simplified administration tools and fail over functions in the upcoming 5.0 version of BlackBerry management software work according to the promises of RIM then hundreds more workers outside the executive suites would safely use this mobile device.

The analysts said that improvements in technology, including faster networks, more powerful processors and devices which could support multiple networks offered at lower costs are slowly increasing the pace of mobile devices in corporate platforms. However they noted that most IT managers remain cautious of letting significant number of employees to use these handhelds due to the apparent lack of management and security capabilities. Ken Dulaney the analysts in Gartner Inc has estimated that nearly 80 percent of big companies that employ more than 100 workers are now using smartphones that are authorized by IT operations. He added that during the past two years the technology had started spreading from management suite to corporate masses.

Therefore the new BlackBerry management tool set with Argon code name is scheduled to ship in second quarter of this year. The officials of RIM refused to identify the companies which are not beta testing this software which can also best explain its advanced features. Peter Walkar who is the senior director of software product management at RIM says that the fail over capacity in the 5.0 version would let IT administrators to connect a number of servers with one system which is kept ready in a high availability and live mode for activation in case primary systems run below the predetermined performance level. However Dulaney said that the present version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server needs IT developers to build custom add-ins to achieve fail over from multiple servers.

Implementing these fail over capabilities will need some users to install a few more hardware to run its backup tool. Walkar also said that the multiple computer system might even share a single database which does not need to be replaced. Walkar said that the new web based console of Argon lets IT executives to edge the administrative functions any IT employee can access or control. For instance the managers can blacklist or white list a user applications with just a click of the mouse. Natan Glich who is the IT director in Jam Industries Ltd said that he hopes the new administrative console would considerably easy the task of managing the BlackBerry device used in the firm. This assured web based console will surely eliminate the need for the client to run the console as it was required in the previous 4.16 version which Jam Industries currently use. He said that more than 50 employees at Jam Industries who are distributors of musical equipments and instruments and who travel overseas often use this BlackBerry to communicate and the new version would surely easy the overall task.