BlackBerry Puts BES12 in the Cloud for SMBs

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The Mobile World Congress 2015 is underway and smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is receiving press over its decision to deploy BES12 into the cloud. BES12 is better known as the BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 12. You could consider this interface to be the back-end control panel for all of the mobile devices that are utilized within your organization. Up until this announcement, BES12 was only available as a on-premises solution. Bloomberg reports that the new BlackBerry BES12 cloud can be purchased for your organization starting at just $23 per month.
Since BES12 is now being deployed in the cloud, organizations will no longer need to worry about server updates, installation or infrastructure behind the BES12 software. BES12 supports more than just BlackBerrys; BES12 will work with iOS, Android and Windows devices. BlackBerry also notes that BES12 has support for Samsung KNOX and Android for Work mobile devices.
With the release of BES12, BlackBerry looks to stake its claim in the Enterprise Mobility Management sector.  BlackBerry has earned its reputation by being able to deliver email and other types of interoffice media securely. With BES12, BlackBerry now offers a cloud based cross platform mobility manager that competes with some of the world most sophisticated solutions. A report published by IDC mentions that,“BlackBerry has taken the initiative to consider current and future EMM scenarios, and re-architect its EMM offering in a way that exhaustively addresses them.”
“BlackBerry always commits to deliver secure and innovative products to help our customers drive productivity and efficiency in their organizations, while reducing costs,” says Billy Ho, an Executive Vice President at BlackBerry. “Close relationships with our customers and partners is why we have announced our commitment to delivering a new BES12 Cloud solution later this month and delivered enhancements to BES12 and BBM Meetings today, continuing the expansion and evolution of our offering,” Ho added.