Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Windows Mobile Messaging (Microsoft Exchange) vs. BlackBerry BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server)



In the enterprise infrastructure, 2 hand held messaging platforms are dominant: Microsoft Exchange and BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES).  Windows Mobile phones and the iPhone use the ActiveSync MS Exchange Server information to sync up with your mailbox, whereas BlackBerry phones use a BES server.

In the current infrastructure I manage, our enterprise phones are BlackBerry devices.  The BES links up with MS Exchange.  When emails are received, they route to both servers.  The main benefit here is if the MS Exchange network account is locked out, the BES continues to be able to send and receive messages.

In terms of being a user, I still preferred the iPhone over BlackBerry as I like the iPhone's OS.  However, from an enterprise point of view, the decision makers seem to be more comfortable with a BES as it has a reputation of being more secure (whether this is true or not is a different story).

What are you experiences and thoughts on this?

99 comments:

jura1991 said...

blacberry is the best

pixel said...

the iphone is definately more about the packaging...

Alex said...

clarifying keep it up

LoneIslander said...

I think that the BES seems logical from a security standpoint.

Paul said...

I prefer iphones atm. As far as choosing the difference in BES and such is mostly preference. They all have some sort of security concern

Seion said...

If security is what really matters, I think that's what takes priority.

WoW_Updates said...

using my iphone and i got never any security trouble humm..

Izi said...

I like the iPhone's OS too, never really experienced Blackberry

Telia Tuli said...

I only have beginner experience with WMM.
So i can't really add to this.

Insurance Finesse said...

Looks like a good medium of server exchange.

Ian Begley said...

I also Prefer the iPhone over BlackBerry because of its subtle, yet dominant design and features, which BlackBerrys cannot compete with.

Ishu said...

It depends...is it more secure?

Shimizu said...

i like the iphone OS too, but apple policy over pirateing and jailbreaking are making me mad

rarglol said...

I use Android, but I think they're all good. Fanboys just like to argue.

VGBlogger said...

im a big fan of the iPhone, so i agree with you =D

Shutterbugz said...

I am currently using a BB but it is starting to lose me I think I would rather have something that works faster

iRetiv said...

agreed, the iphone OS is just simple and user friendly!

rominoutozor said...

Blackberry the best !

Mez said...

Always preferred blackberry :D

rainboo said...

great, ty for info!

Suciô Sanchez said...

I'd assume that BES is more robust as it's designed for a specific purpose - not a hack like most MS software.

Classically Trained Nub said...

I've only used the BES in my career, and I have no complaints. However, my perspective is bias due to not trying anything else.

Easy said...

Blackberry has their own server so cops cannot read anything sent. Nice Post

Mr. Smith said...

BES is is going really well for me. I get emails so much more quickly... sometimes before my laptop does.

dee jey said...

thanx for this

textileengineer said...

http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/6/8/e688d9dc-bd32-4fda-8289-7ea3c2d2761c/Mobility.pdf

Hitchcock said...

why should the BES be more secure?

iMonei said...

havnet used either..

Joebloggs said...

I hatet he iphone OS, symbian^3 or android ftw, iphone is so generic and impersonal!

The Angry Vegetarian said...

I've never used a Blackberry before, so I'm ignorantly partial to the iPhone.

Jessie MIAMI said...

I like my BB waaaaay more, i love ping!

Tsipise said...

I'm curious. I have no opinion, since a have nor iPhone neither Blackberry.

Ben Dover said...

I don't care in anyway. I haven't even tried any of the new phones :D

hindenburg said...

Hmm.... I should look more into this. Good post btw.

S said...

I'd like a server like that in my play room

woshdatosh said...

well the propably best "feature" of the ms exchange solution is that you can use nearly every new mobile phone for it. andriod, symbian, ios.
i dont know how is it with bes, just blackberry or some sorted mobiles or not?

JP said...

i can only say that the mainframes used for servers must be inmense :p

rebekillah said...

i also prefer iphone

kennett4 said...

i prefer microsoft sorry i'm poor

Bart said...

personally not a fan of the iphone

CAE.II said...

iPhone is more usable, but I would still have to go for the Blackberry honestly... I dont really trust Apple... I want my removable battery, etc.!

TechnoMac said...

good to know man, i always wondered what was going on

Randy Weezner said...

well seeing as MS has triple the amount of servers as BES

Luigibomb said...

Microsoft all the way.

Gansita said...

I rather Blackberry even over iPhone

Matte said...

blackberry wins! :o

Sebastian said...

Blackberry, for sure.

Bubbles said...

who needs any of this phones as a private person
right , nobody...
i'm happy with my cheap cellphone

killah said...

the iphone definately

caretaker said...

said

Unlogic said...

both of those suck.. I have gmail and gmail app for my mobile.. wouldn't wanna anything else !

Brandon said...

I don't use either, would probably get an iphone if I had the disposable income for it

Insurance Advice Guy said...

good stuff here

PlanetBen said...

I like that BES connects to your internal lan, letting you view your corporate intranet

Copyboy said...

Yeah, I'm an iphone lover, but i do see the flipside for biz purposes.

SpringyB said...

blackberry ftw

tonyman33 said...

I think that the BES seems logical from a security standpoint. but i prefer iphone

Flippy said...

im conflicted. i like BB os more, but i always trust microsoft products more. hmmmmmm..

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

That's a decent-sized server.

AnnoNeuvo said...

hmmm... Hard one!

InformativeGamer said...

I really did what the iphone does for me, I might hate mac products but this is the real deal

RoodNverse said...

android is way awesome , i had the first gen iphone , didnt like it seems the v4 is about the same

Cpt Pownzor said...

BBM is a nice touch but I do prefer the Iphones OS

kokojesta said...

i dont have either, but i would like one :)

chrischaos said...

i love the blackberry, probably because im too poor for an iphone and besides, my area doesnt play well with the provider needed

DinoHunter said...

I love blackberry!

stoneycase said...

i've used both BB, iphone, and android. sticking with android. the BB is certainly more accepted "professionally" but overall i found the email folder and calendar functions lacking. not to mention the app world problems. iphone is well, iphone. walled gardens suck. hellooo android! (btw their handling of activesync is pretty damn good)

ImmaFrog said...

incredible info, lad

Donkote said...

iphone is better than blackberry but droid is better than iphone

tortacular said...

thats creative!

thenitefalls said...

Man that server looks intense!

tortacular said...

top notch stuff really.

Chris f said...

servers cost a lot too dont forget

tortacular said...

i'm getting season passes. great site!!

Astra said...

i want a server too

Dan said...

I love the iphone. If i was running a company, I would just jailbreak all of my workers' iPhones so taht we could run on BES. Im not a fan of microsoft.

dous said...

I will never go mac! but thanks for the post!

tortacular said...

i had to read it all the way through. good stuff!

BökChöd said...

From an aesthetic point of view, the iPhones are much better... also more intutive. But I have to go ahead and align with the side that says BBs are more secure. They are. Already found exploits in both the iPhone user level end agreements AND in Android OS that likely would never happen on BBs

Secret Guide to Shaving said...

BES would be the best way to go right?

tortacular said...

i approve!

Kartoffeln said...

iPhone has more aplications so I prefer it.

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FORISBAN said...

I also prefer iphone! :)

Diego said...

I´m going with BES on this one

Fred said...

WinMo ftw!

ego_rko said...

blacberry better

Archi said...

Microsoft exchange is working fine, using it for my study! as i'm syncing calendars, mails and such things from my student account, never had anything negative to say about it. Never tried BES though.

Apps Master said...

iPhone is clearly the best device and you should see my blog for the proof of awsome apps are on the iPhone

roger said...

Iphone does have a superior OS, IMO
I think theres xbox live or something on the new windows phone.

caretaker said...

me too

Nostalgist said...

as many here have already stated.. the iphone OS is superb but apple is so fuc*** restrictive, sometimes this is really bugging myself

Firstborn said...

never experienced blackberry... so it's clearly iphone for me here

taemkariur said...

iPhone > Everything

i_love_weed said...

blackberry sucks, iphone suck!

android all the way

Monster Madness said...

That's a tough one...

Death Before Disco said...

I prefer the iPhone for everything except the keyboard. I stay with my Blackberry because I like then physical keyboard.

TravisTouchdown said...

i've only had experience with microsofts and it was pretty good

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