RIM has provided further details about the Mobile Fusion platform that will manage mobile handsets and tablets across multiple operating systems.
Alan Panezic, vice president for enterprise product management and marketing at RIM, told reporters that Mobile Fusion allows companies to fully integrate mobile devices with IT systems.
Mobile Fusion will provide support for BlackBerry and the QNX-based operating system used by the PlayBook tablet, along with management support for iOS and Android.
RIM announced Mobile Fusion on Tuesday, saying that administrators will have access to remote management and locking tools as well as control over application installation and deployment.
Administrators will be able to select the applications that can be installed on devices, and set protected partitions to separate business applications from personal software.
Panezic explained that Mobile Fusion allows businesses to seamlessly integrate mobile devices with minimal training for employees, many of whom have grown up as "digital natives" and want to use personal devices without the need for extensive configuration.
"To a lot of people consumerisation means end users wanting to bring their own devices into work, but in our research the definition is much broader," he said. "There are some interesting demographic trends out there."
Mobile Fusion also supports BlackBerry Balance which partitions storage strictly for enterprise use behind a 256-bit encrypted perimeter.
"In reality you need that separation between the corporate data and the wide variety of things users are going to want to do in their personal perimeter," said Panezic.
The Mobile Fusion servers can also manage existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.3 deployments, and extend support to a maximum of 10,000 devices per server.
Mobile Fusion will enter beta testing in January, and general availability is slated for late March. RIM has not given pricing details, but Panezic told reporters that costs will be in line with most competing mobile management platforms.
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