Research in Motion has launched a free online service to help small businesses centrally manage company or employee-owned BlackBerry smartphones and protect business-related content stored on the handsets in the cloud.
The BlackBerry Management Center is designed for businesses with up to 100 BlackBerry smartphones that access email services from an internet service provider (ISP) or web-based email services, like Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo!
"We are pleased to introduce RIM’s latest cloud service designed specifically for small businesses," said Alan Panezic, vice-president, Enterprise Product Management at Research In Motion.
"BlackBerry Management Center is a free service and an effective way to centrally manage and support employees’ BlackBerry smartphones in the cloud."
Small businesses can use the service to:
- 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
- Reset a password
The BlackBerry Management Center is available now, subject to availability and local regulatory restrictions.