Monday, May 4, 2009

HP and RIM Announce Strategic Alliance to Mobilize Business on BlackBerry

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 4, 2009

HP and Research In Motion (RIM)(Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced they are establishing a strategic alliance to deliver a portfolio of solutions for business mobility on the BlackBerry® platform.

HP CloudPrint for BlackBerry Smartphones

HP CloudPrint for BlackBerry smartphones is a web services based solution that allows users to print emails, documents, photos and web pages using a BlackBerry smartphone, wherever they are – in the office, at home or on the road.

The CloudPrint service enables mobile users to easily print to the nearest printer. The service is printer-agnostic and driverless and requires simple Internet access. HP and RIM plan to make CloudPrint available to BlackBerry Internet Service subscribers as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers.

The CloudPrint technology was invented by HP Labs, the company’s central research arm.


In addition to the CloudPrint technology, HP's EDS Mobile Services will be available to help manage Blackberry's - they currently managed 500,000 Blackberry's.

And HP's Proliant servers are being pitched to support corporate Blackberry applications and HP's Operations Manager for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, is a software solution that helps centrally manage and monitor the entire Blackberry ecosystem, whether it is virtual or physical - servers, applications, mail servers, databases, etc.

It looks like a complete HP/Blackberry, business system.

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