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RIM Releases BES-in-a-Box For Small Businesses With Alt-N MDaemon Messaging Server

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We heard rumors that RIM acquired Alt-N and their MDaemon Windows messaging server solution back in 2009. Now almost 2 years later we see the fruits of that acquisition. RIM and Alt-N have released MDaemon Messaging Server BlackBerry Edition which is essentially a combination of Alt-N Messaging Server and most BES features. It is sadly not free but the price is perfect for small to medium businesses as long as they are not reliant on Exchange.

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Key wireless features include:

  • Email instantly pushed to the user’s BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry push technology
  • Wirelessly synchronized calendar, contacts, email folders and personal distribution lists between the MDaemon messaging server and BlackBerry smartphones
  • Flag an email for follow-up from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Send and respond to meeting invitations from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Look up a colleague’s calendar availability from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Edit attachments using Documents To Go® on a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Search for emails on the MDaemon Messaging Server from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • IT policy management and controls for BlackBerry smartphones; designed for small-to-mid-sized business environments
  • Remote lock or wipe of a BlackBerry smartphone’s content in the event that the device is lost or stolen
  • Integrated MDaemon Instant Messaging for complete and flexible inter-office communications
  • Encrypted data transmission between BlackBerry smartphones and the messaging server using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Triple Data Encryption Standard (Triple DES)

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RIM is touting the easy 30 minute install to setup both the server and BlackBerry smartphones in one installer. Pricing starts at a very reasonable $380 for a six user license and can run on any server with Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, or even Windows XP.

You can read more about the solution at www.altn.com or read about its features at this link on their website. A more detailed view of the BlackBerry features are here but it seems to be the basic BES Express feature set.

For those of you who asked for it you can find the full press release at this link or copied below:

Alt-N Technologies Launches MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition for Small-to-Mid-Sized Businesses

Affordable Windows-Based Email and Messaging Server Now Available with Wireless Synchronization, Security, IT Policy Management and Control Features for BlackBerry Smartphones Built In

Grapevine, TX – Alt-N Technologies today announced the immediate availability of MDaemon® Messaging Server, BlackBerry® Edition – a new edition of the popular low cost Windows®-based MDaemon email and messaging server. The new edition integrates wireless synchronization, security, management and control features for BlackBerry® smartphones and is available as a single software download. MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition is an all-in-one email and messaging solution that makes it easy and affordable for small-to-mid-sized businesses to provide their employees with secure access to email, calendar and contacts from almost anywhere via the desktop, the web and BlackBerry smartphones.

“MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition is an all-in-one messaging and wireless server that is easy to set up, easy to use, secure, and very affordable,” said Arvel Hathcock, Founder and CEO of Alt-N Technologies. “It’s ideal for both new and established businesses that want the benefits of more advanced smartphone features, controls, security and management.”

“MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition brings together proven strengths of Alt-N’s MDaemon technology and RIM’s BlackBerry enterprise technology, yielding a secure and reliable mobile communications solution for small and mid-sized businesses,” said Peter Devenyi, Vice President, Communications Platform Group at Research In Motion.

Key wireless features include:

  • Email instantly pushed to the user’s BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry push technology
  • Wirelessly synchronized calendar, contacts, email folders and personal distribution lists between the MDaemon messaging server and BlackBerry smartphones
  • Flag an email for follow-up from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Send and respond to meeting invitations from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Look up a colleague’s calendar availability from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Edit attachments using Documents To Go® on a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Search for emails on the MDaemon Messaging Server from a BlackBerry smartphone
  • IT policy management and controls for BlackBerry smartphones; designed for small-to-mid-sized business environments
  • Remote lock or wipe of a BlackBerry smartphone’s content in the event that the device is lost or stolen
  • Integrated MDaemon Instant Messaging for complete and flexible inter-office communications
  • Encrypted data transmission between BlackBerry smartphones and the messaging server using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Triple Data Encryption Standard (Triple DES)

MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition is easily installed in as little as 30 minutes by running a single installation wizard to set up both the server and BlackBerry smartphones. The solution includes a management console for directly or remotely securing, managing and controlling both email and BlackBerry smartphone functionality.

Pricing starts at US$380 for a six user license. It works with any BlackBerry personal or business service plan that includes email access. It can be installed on a server running Windows® 7, Windows 2008, Windows Vista or Windows 2003, or on a desktop computer running Windows XP.

MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition is available starting today in over 40 countries and seven languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese. For more information, or to download, visit www.mdaemon-mail-server.com/worldwide.html.

About Alt-N Technologies

Alt-N Technologies, a subsidiary of Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), develops affordable and secure messaging and collaboration solutions designed for, and trusted by, small-to-medium businesses in over 90 countries and 25 languages worldwide.  The company’s flagship solutions, the MDaemon® Messaging Server for Windows and the SecurityGateway for Exchange/SMTP Servers, install in minutes, include the latest email security technologies, and require minimal support and administration to operate and maintain. The company uses a network of global distributors and resellers for the sales and support of its products.

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ALT-N Technologies is a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM).  Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws.  When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”,  “may”,  “will”, “should”, “intend,” “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by ALT-N Technologies in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that ALT-N Technologies believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  Many factors could cause ALT-N Technologies’ actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of RIM’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov).  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on ALT-N Technologies’ forward-looking statements.  RIM and ALT-N Technologies have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Alt-N Technologies and RIM assume no obligations or liability and make no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of the others products or services or any third party products or services.

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  1. Interesting, I work at a smaller firm, less than 50 people, and the IT guy always mentions price as the reason we don’t have BES. $380 for 6 licenses, might be able to talk the firm into it.

  2. Now all we need is a truly professional version running on Linux/FreeBSD and based on IMAP and SyncML.

  3. I guess I don’t get how they can promote this as running on a “server” running XP, or Vista, or 7. A mail server on one of those? Madness.

    • For a lot of small businesses, XP or Win7 work very well as a “Server”. I totally agree it’s not a server platform. However, for 10-15 users, it will do the job. I’ve been running Alt-N on a small XP box for years…. supporting 5-10 users. There really was no need for Server 2008 R2 for that few users.

      I do agree for more than that small number of users, 2008 R2 is the way to go.

  4. Forgot to add, this version of BES is interesting from the fact that:

    1. AD is not required.
    2. It is a mere 36Mb. install file, installed size is 86Mb.
    3. It is integrated into the mail server management tools. No crappy BAS.

    The only thing that is amiss is the ability to push software configs/apps. However most small business don’t have a need or care for it anyways.

  5. great points Remzi!

  6. Alot of good reading that was :)

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