Big Blue likes RIM's infrastructure ... the phones not so much
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2012 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RIM, blackberry, IBM
One of the scariest things about the failure of RIM to recover from its attempts to move into the consumer market is the damage being done to the services they supply to businesses. The Enterprise Services Division of RIM handles the servers which ensure secure delivery of messages over the cellular network and is one of the main reasons that RIM devices and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server are the preferred choice of many institutions. If RIM goes down then that ability to ensure security and to remotely administrate devices will go down with them. That is why this story on The Register will make many sysadmins very happy, not only is someone interested in purchasing that business unit, the company that is interested is IBM. They do not have any interest in the actual BlackBerry phones, so this could mean that BES type management could be expanded to more devices and the death of RIM may not mean the death of secure delivery of business emails. Pity about the CPP though.
"IBM is reportedly interested in snapping up the enterprise services division of troubled BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion.
Well-placed sources whispered to Bloomberg that Big Blue could help Canadian mobile biz RIM by taking the unit off its hands, and has already made an informal approach about it."
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