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GSX and Double-Take Software Announce Partnership to Extend Email Systems Monitoring and Recovery Solutions

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Partnership Leverages Expertise in Monitoring and Protecting Email Communication Platforms for Businesses of All Sizes

GSX Groupware Solutions and Double-Take Software today announced a partnership to work together on solutions to provide protection to businesses for email monitoring and recovery. GSX Groupware Solutions is the only company offering global email management and monitoring software for all major communication platforms at the same time (including BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange, and Sametime), and Double-Take Software is a leader in offering failover and recovery solutions. CIOs and IT directors who manage the support for communications servers can rely on both companies to meet email monitoring management and recovery needs. The partnership will combine best-in-class monitoring from GSX with the expertise of Double-Take Software products to replicate, failover and recover communications data. The joint solutions will help ensure maximum uptime for companies of all sizes.

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RIM publishes BES Compatibility Matrix (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Continuing the post-BBDC trend of providing great support and tools for the BlackBerry ecosystem, RIM has published BES compatibility matrices for IT Admins. Matrices for Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, and Novell GroupWise are provided, detailing operating systems, versions of IM infrastructures and database servers, and so on. You can find these valuable resources in .PDF format at the link below.

BES Compatibility Matrix Download

BES 4.1.6 Maintenance Release 2 for Exchange and Lotus (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Our good friend Ronen over at BerryReview has noticed that whispers of Maintenance Release 2 for BES 4.1 Service Pack 6 have been circling around the RIM partner website, which means it should be available for release fairly soon. We’ll let you know when it’s live, but the meantime, you can read documentation of the changes at the link below.

BES 4.1.6 Maintenance Release 2 Documentation

BlackBerry certification is now a must

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A BlackBerry Cool reader just passed me along an interesting article from IT Career Planet on BlackBerry certification. If you remember, waaaay back in May RIM launched the BlackBerry Certification program as a means of empirically validating the skills of a company’s IT department in supporting BlackBerry. According to IT Career Planet, RIM’s certification program is now longer a novelty or a good angle for getting a raise, but a must for any IT professional.

An early adopter of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Smartphone, Salt River Project, one of Arizona’s largest utility companies, today supports 1,600 devices and adds 30 new accounts monthly. The company has about 5,000 employees. It’s no surprise to learn that Salt River Project is rallying around RIM’s recently introduced BlackBerry certification programs.

“When we hire, we’ll definitely require that the job candidate is BlackBerry certified,” says Alex Logvin, enterprise messaging analyst at Salt River Project, Phoenix, Ariz.

I know a lot of IT and BES admins read BlackBerry Cool, so please weigh in. Is the BlackBerry Certification a novelty or a necessity for any enterprise serious about mobile IT? You can see a list of RIM’s current and upcoming certification programs after the jump.

(via IT Career Planet)

BlackBerry Certification Programs

RIM announces Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 support

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Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

RIM today announced support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, which advances the functionality offered through the Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005. So what’s all the fuss about? Corporate customers running Microsoft OCS 2007 and a BES now have access to the BlackBerry Messenger. If you think that isn’t a big deal, well think again:

Instant messaging and presence on the BlackBerry platform is improving our ability to find members of our mission critical teams that are often mobile, and bring them together quickly into live and interactive meetings, regardless of their locations,” said Gary Bellfield, Information and Communications Technology Manager at Tayside Fire and Rescue. “Mobile access is an essential component of our complete unified communications initiative, and we trust the BlackBerry solution to support our mobile instant messaging capabilities in a highly reliable, secure and intuitive way.

Who knew that IM could help save lives? Support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 requires BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1.6 or higher, and handsets running BlackBerry OS 4.1 or higher. More information can be found at:

http://www.blackberry.com/go/ocsdownload

(via RIM)

BES 4.1 Service Pack 6 Maintenance Release 1 (BlackBerry Bytes)

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BlackBerry LogoRIM sent out emails last night informing IT Admins that BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 Service Pack 6 Maintenance Release 1 for Microsoft Exchange is now available for download. Admins can head to http://www.blackberry.com/go/serverdownloads to access the software update, documentation, and any additional information.

Unfortunately, at this moment, the SP6 maintenance release doesn’t actually appear on the server downloads page, but expect it to be up by the end of the day.

Looks like RIM made a boo boo and the SP6 maintenance release is actually for Lotus Domino, not Microsoft Exchange! Oops! Oh well, there is a live link for downloads, however. Go nuts, Admins!

Download BES 4.1 SP6 Maintenance Release 1 (Lotus Domino)

Thanks for the heads up, Alex! And the correction, Andy!