BlackBerry Mobile Fusion released for iOS and Android devices
RIM’s BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is now available on the Android and iOS platforms. The new enterprise service will allow companies to manage BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, Android smartphones and tablets and the iPhone and iPad all from a single, web-based interface. IT managers will be able to activate and configure devices, enforce IT policies, push over-the-air app and software installations and be able to detect rooted or jailbroken devices.
Android and iOS devices require the Mobile Fusion Client app to enable the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion management services, the apps are available as a free download from their respective app stores. Once installed on to the devices, companies that currently use BlackBerry Enterprise Servers can begin to control all Android and iOS devices connected to their network with the following features:
- Support for multiple devices per user
- Application and software management
- Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificates)
- Centralized, easy to use, unified web-based console
- Security and policy definition and management
- Asset management
- Configuration management
- Security and protection for lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
- User- and group-based administration
- High scalability
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion software is available as a free download and is priced by the number of devices being managed. Client access licenses (CALs) start at $99 per user or $4 per user per month (billed annually); volume discounts are also available. In addition, RIM is offering a 60 day free trial, so customers can deploy a pilot before purchasing a single CAL. The 60 day free trial is available here.