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BlackBerry MDS Connection Service

The BlackBerry® MDS Connection Service connects wireless applications on BlackBerry devices to the applications on an organization’s application servers or web servers. After a wireless application is installed on BlackBerry devices, the application can receive data from push applications that are located on application servers or web servers. The application can also receive data by sending pull requests from BlackBerry devices to applications that are located on application servers or web servers. The BlackBerry MDS Connection Service processes push and pull requests and delivers data and updates to BlackBerry Applications.

The BlackBerry MDS Connection Service also receives and responds to web requests from the BlackBerry® Browser and other BlackBerry Applications, so that users can view Internet and intranet content on their BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry MDS Connection Service sends login requests and requests for instant messaging sessions from BlackBerry devices to the BlackBerry Collaboration Service. If you stop the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service, you also stop the BlackBerry Collaboration Service.

Feature

Description

protocol connections

You can define connections to the web servers on your organization’s intranet or the Internet using standard Internet protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, and TCP/IP.

encrypted communications

The BlackBerry MDS Connection Service encrypts content using the same standard BlackBerry encryption that the BlackBerry Dispatcher uses to encrypt messages and other data.

data conversion

The BlackBerry MDS Connection Service converts data from application servers and web servers to a format that BlackBerry Applications can interpret and display.

data optimization

The BlackBerry MDS Connection Service processes content that users can view in the BlackBerry Browser. For example, the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service can change the data format or remove extraneous data to reduce network traffic.

authentication methods

You can configure authentication requirements that match your organization's sign-on scheme using standard methods such as NTLM, Kerberos™, and LTPA. You can also define a period of time after which the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service requests user information and caches cookies.

You can use two-factor authentication to create VPN connections between wireless applications on BlackBerry devices and your organization’s application servers and web servers.

integration with proxy servers

You can provide access to specific content through your organization's proxy servers using the following items:
  • proxy exclusion list, which defines the organization-specific URLs that the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service uses to connect directly to external web services instead of routing the connections through your organization's proxy server
  • proxy auto-configuration (.pac) file

access control

You can configure push initiators and push rules that define which server-side push applications can send application data and updates to BlackBerry devices, and which users can receive push requests. You can configure pull rules to specify which web servers users can access using the BlackBerry Browser and other applications on BlackBerry devices.

media content management

You can control which media files users can receive and access using the BlackBerry Browser and BlackBerry Applications. You can prevent users from receiving specific media types (for example, video files) or specific subtypes of media (for example, .mp3 files). You can also configure size limits for media files that users can receive on their BlackBerry devices.


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