BlackBerry is adding to its robust security offerings by using Microsoft Azure to deliver security services in the enterprise sector.
Despite recently almost collapsing in the hardware market, BlackBerry remains a potent force in the enterprise sector, noted for its security services and solutions.
The Canadian company is now expanding those solutions to include cloud services, using Microsoft Azure to deliver its security products.
Microsoft customers using the flexible and enterprise oriented Azure service can use the cloud to access BlackBerry's security BE12 platform.
As well as this initial collaboration, BlackBerry says that the partnership will result in more of its services and technology being integrated into Azure in the coming months.
BE12 in Azure
With the BE12 platform now available in Azure, users can manage the deployment in the cloud and do not necessarily need to have their own IT infrastructure. Instead, the Azure cloud service can be used to access security licenses through BE12, giving Microsoft customers easy access to their deployments on the move.
“Working with Microsoft enables BlackBerry to provide our industry-leading enterprise software solutions to a larger business audience,” said Marty Beard, COO at BlackBerry.
“By utilizing BlackBerry's enterprise solutions through the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, customers have greater choice, more flexibility and the ability to reduce IT costs – backed by the gold standard in security, privacy and productivity.“
BlackBerry also revealed that it will be launching other products to Azure in the coming months, including AtHoc, a crisis communication platform. AtHoc can be used by businesses to manage critical information in real time, its introduction to the Azure cloud will allow for management on a global scale and from mobile locations.