HP and RIM have announced they are establishing a strategic alliance to deliver a portfolio of solutions for enterprise. The solutions, which include support for BES 5.0, are focused on increasing service levels, reducing operations costs and improving productivity for customers.
HP will be demonstrating these new solutions, HP CloudPrint and HP Operations Manager, at WES so I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
HP CloudPrint is a web services based solution that allows users to print emails, documents, photos and web pages using a BlackBerry, wherever they are – in the office, at home or on the road.
The CloudPrint service enables mobile users to easily print to the nearest printer. The service is printer-agnostic and driverless and requires simple Internet access. HP and RIM plan to make CloudPrint available to BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) subscribers as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) customers.
The CloudPrint technology was invented by HP Labs, the company’s central research arm.
HP Operations Manager for BES
HP is also introducing software to centrally monitor and manage the extended BlackBerry solution ecosystem, whether it is virtual or physical. This ecosystem includes the BES software, mail servers, databases, Microsoft Active Directory and server operating systems such as Windows Server. Plans also include extending the capabilities of the monitoring solution to provide an end to end view of enterprise applications running on the BlackBerry platform.
HP Operations Manager for BES correlates events from each part of the mobile ecosystem to help customers pinpoint potential issues and take corrective actions to remediate them. This single console reduces costs associated with monitoring multiple consoles and provides customers with a consolidated view into events, enabling them to manage performance and deliver optimal service levels for BlackBerry messaging services.
HP is also delivering services and products that will optimize customers’ mobility infrastructions.
Managed BlackBerry Services
Managed BlackBerry Services, part of EDS Mobile Workplace Services, allow organizations to outsource the management of their BlackBerry deployments so they can focus on their core businesses. The services are designed to integrate the mobility ecosystems for large enterprises, whether they are hosted in EDS’ data centers or in a client’s own environment.
Currently, EDS manages close to 500,000 BlackBerry smartphones for clients.
HP ProLiant servers trusted to run BES
HP’s enterprise customers can use HP ProLiant servers to run BES software. The latest generation of HP ProLiant G6 servers brings together the best HP innovations in energy efficiency, virtualization and services to enable large and small customers to do more with less. HP redefines server economics to deliver double the performance of previous generations, enabling customers to get more value out of every IT dollar.
Shane Robison, HP executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, will be a keynote speaker at WES, so we’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.