Athena for BlackBerry Enterprise Server Released

Mobile device manager integrates with BlackBerry Enterprise Server Console

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Odyssey Software, Inc., an enterprise-class mobile device management (MDM) products developer, has released Athena for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, an add-on for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express 5.0. The product provides comprehensive interactive support tools to assist users or identify and resolve issues directly from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express console.

Athena for BlackBerry Enterprise Server integrates into the BlackBerry Enterprise Server console, enabling administrators to perform interactive support functions with BlackBerry smartphones. Athena supports touch-enabled smartphones including the BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Storm 2, and the new BlackBerry Torch running the BlackBerry 6 operating system. (Odyssey Software is currently developing support for the BlackBerry PlayBook.) No additional consoles or servers are required, significantly minimizing the acquisition, support, maintenance, and total cost of ownership.

Odyssey Software provides a free full-featured copy of Athena for BlackBerry Enterprise Server that supports up to 5-user perpetual licenses of BlackBerry smartphones. The offer is not beta or trial software; it can be used in production and it comes with 30 days of e-mail support.

Athena’s features provide these administrative benefits:

  • Seamless integration into the BlackBerry Enterprise Server console, whether on-premise or hosted, provides flexibility in supporting BlackBerry Enterprise Server implementation scenarios

  • No Odyssey Software-specific servers or consoles are needed, minimizing acquisition, support, maintenance, and solution costs and mitigating the risk from adding an additional points of failure

  • Athena supports BlackBerry 6 operating system and all touch-enabled BlackBerry smartphones

  • The Athena agent is lightweight and does not impact BlackBerry smartphone performance

  • Athena’s remote control function allows up to 8 concurrent connections with a single smartphone, facilitating the collaboration and training of administrators and reducing overall support costs

  • All communications to the BlackBerry smartphone can occur over a 128-bit encrypted SSL tunnel, ensuring a secure connection for interactive support functions across any wireless network (such as GSM, CDMA, and Wi-Fi)

Additional information can be found here.

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