You may have already seen this in the Blackberry Beta Zone a month or so back.In fact, our blogger TwistMyMind already wrote up a summary of this great solution when it was first announced. You may read his write up here
According to reports RIM has officially released this solution into the wild. We do know that they have closed the beta program, and have offered the following statement in regards to its release:
The Blackberry Management Center is a perfect solution for all of those small business owners that are stuck between the cost, and complexity of BES, and wanting to utilize the superior protection that BlackBerry has to offer. Some of the features include:Hello,
We would like to take a moment to provide an update regarding the close of the BlackBerry Management Center v1.0 beta program. This beta program will continue to run until July 29, 2011 (9:00pm EST.).
General Availability of the BlackBerry Management Center v1.0 is currently scheduled for the mid-August timeframe.
General Availability date is subject to change.
After July 29th, end users should upgrade their BlackBerry Protect client from the beta version to the latest version available on BlackBerry App World.
Our goal is to have your BlackBerry Management Center v1.0 accounts migrated from the beta environment to the production environment automatically. You will however be required to accept the new terms & conditions before proceeding. Please stand by for further instructions closer to the General Availability date on how to complete this.
We thank you for your participation on the BlackBerry Management Center beta program and for all the feedback that you have provided. If you have any further questions regarding this notice or the program in general, please feel free to email us!
- Wirelessly back up BlackBerry smartphones automatically on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to aid in the recovery of lost business-related content stored on the handset
- Protect content on an employee’s lost or stolen BlackBerry smartphone by remotely locking it and, if necessary, wiping the contents, including the microSD card
- Locate a lost BlackBerry smartphone by remotely locking it, initiating a loud ring, and displaying a message on the Home screen
- Easily restore the settings and content on a new or replacement device
It is important to note that this solution only works with hosted email solutions like google, AOL, Yahoo, MSN, those types of email, not exchange,groupwise,or enterprise managed email systems. One of the biggest advantage of using this solution is that an Administrator can meticulously keep track of devices that are lost or stolen. This solution is free, and will allow the small business owner to save money.
Take a look at it here:
BlackBerry - BlackBerry Management Center