BlackBerry is conducting an event today where it is going to unveil its vision for the enterprise. The company is also expected to unveil the much awaited BlackBerry Classic smartphone which it believes will appease some of its core users that just want a QWERTY keyboard and the action key belt. At the event BlackBerry also announced a partnership with an unlikely partner: Samsung. The two are going to join forces to bring end-to-end security for Android.
The aim of providing end-to-end security for Android will be achieved through BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 and the Samsung Knox platform. Both companies articulate the shared goal of providing enterprises with secure mobility solutions and this partnership will result into more options for customers who need enhanced security on Android devices.
John Sims, president of global enterprise services at BlackBerry, says that the Canadian company has developed a “very close partnership” with Samsung and that they’re both committed to increasing the interaction between their engineering and product development teams “for the long-term.”
So what do enterprise customers get? An integrated solution which promises secure connectivity and enhanced device, application and data management courtesy of BlackBerry, coupled with the security features embedded in Samsung Galaxy devices by the Knox platform. Moreover, there will be a series of core security enhancements which will better protect the Android device from kernel to apps. Availability for enterprise starts in early 2015.