Sunday, May 3, 2009

HP and RIM Announce Strategic Alliance for BlackBerry

HP and Research In Motion (RIM) announced a strategic alliance to deliver a portfolio of solutions for business mobility on the BlackBerry platform. The companies are demonstrating two new solutions:

  • HP CloudPrint for BlackBerry Smartphones -- a web services based solution that allows users to print emails, documents, photos and web pages using a BlackBerry smartphone, wherever they are -- in the office, at home or on the road. The CloudPrint service enables mobile users to 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 subscribers as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers.

  • HP Operations Manager for BlackBerry Enterprise Server -- software to centrally monitor and manage the extended BlackBerry solution ecosystem, whether it is virtual or physical. This ecosystem includes the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 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.

In addition, HP delivers services and products to optimize mobility infrastructures:

Managed BlackBerry Services -- part of EDS Mobile Workplace Services, allow organizations to outsource the management of their BlackBerry smartphone 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 -- enterprise customers can use HP ProLiant servers to run BlackBerry Enterprise Server software.