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MX - Wireless Email Server Integration for BlackBerry

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Posted: 29 Aug 2002

Problem: Connectivity between BlackBerry? Enterprise Server and Novell GroupWise.

Solution: Consilient MX Module for the WEx Gateway.

MX? is the leading wireless Mail eXtension Solution for corporate email servers such as Novell? GroupWise. The Consilient MX Solution provides wireless email access on a BlackBerry Wireless Handheld? device for mobile workers, without the use of a desktop redirector. As a component of the WEx? (Wireless Extension) Gateway, the MX Module integrates with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) to manage traffic between a BlackBerry Wireless Handheld and Novell? GroupWise. MX is a complete, manageable and secure server solution for third party email server environments.

The MX Module is installed in the WEx Gateway. This gateway equipment is placed inside the corporate firewall. The basic WEx Gateway/MX Module combination will only communicate with the corporate email server and the wireless network through the firewall, via outbound initiated traffic of the BES, through a single port (3101 by default).

MX uses the Sun JavaMail API for connectivity to email servers. JavaMail supports the use of both POP and IMAP for message retrieval, and the use of SMTP for the transport, or sending of messages. As a result, MX can connect to any email server, which supports IMAP4 and/or POP3, and SMTP.

Consilient's current version of MX (version 2.1) supports only RIM? devices, however it does support all RIM devices (850/857, 950/957, and 5810/5820). This is due to the fact that the wireless component of the MX architecture is dependant upon the use of a BES. As a result, MX supports any devices supported by BES.

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