Nokia preps Intellisync for Linux

Enterprise mobility no longer Windows-only

More than a year after acquiring data synchronization specialist Intellisync, mobile giant Nokia has signalled its intention to release the software for Linux.

The Intellisync solution for data synchronization and device management can be run "behind the firewall" or hosted; however the in-house version has been tied to Windows Server only

Nokia's director of enterprise device management and solutions, Hannu Eronen, said Nokia is now working on a Linux port, and although he could not give a precise release date, said it will be "very soon" and within this calendar year.

"Linux is definitely a key technology we will follow," he said.

In Sydney to visit customers, Eronen is based in Helsinki Finland, the home country of Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

Porting Intellisync to Linux will also give Nokia a foot into a server market ignored by Windows-only mobile software players BlackBerry and Motorola Good.

Eronen also hinted at a Web-based administration console for the next generation of Intellisync, which again will make it a more cross-platform product.

"We are really pushing for device agnostic solutions," he said.

Nokia's products support the open standards for data synchronization and device management from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), but server software is required to make it a holistic solution.

Eronen said enterprises need to provision and manage new applications, and manage the data on the device, including wiping it out if necessary. Integration with corporate directories for consistent policy management is also a feature of Intellisync.

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