[ExchangeList] Re: Alternative to Blackberry Enterprise server

  • From: "Chris Wall" <Chris.Wall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 16:10:59 -0400

I have BES, Goodlink and ActiveSync for Exchange 2003 running in my environment 
(I am the only admin for all three of these solutions for our World Wide Org 
and it can be a pain in the a$$ sometimes)

If you have specific questions, let me know.  There are many differences 
between the 3, but all have their pros and cons.


If cost is a concern - go Active Sync


I will let you know this - 

Goodlink will support many device types (windows mobile and palm OS devices)

BES will support Blackberry devices and now has just released support for Treo 
650 devices (with Cingular).  

ActiveSync has a windows format that will be more familiar to your users and 
cut down on support calls (and most third party apps are designing solutions 
for these devices over PalmOS and BBerry)


Also, keep in mind this - You want to investigate security/virus solutions for 
whichever solution you go with.  Right now, most vendors only support Windows 
Mobile devices.  Although Goodlink now offers an in-house security/virus 
solution for mobile devices that you can purchas.  Blackberry has no third 
party Virus solutions (that I can find). 


A couple of interesting security/virus vendors to look at while considering 
your choice is F-Secure, Mobile Armor and BlueFire.  F-Secure provides Security 
options, but you have to purchase a McAfee or Norton solution to work with it 
for Virus' control.  Then you have the whole issue of deploying updates over 
the wire vs. requiring the device to be tethered to the user's PC for updates.


Long story short - you will have to do a lot of research to get the answers you 
seek, and depending on your environment, you will choose differently than 
others on this list...


Well so long for now and let me know if you have any specific questions 
(including why I have all three in my environment)



From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Harding, Devon
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 3:15 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: Alternative to Blackberry Enterprise server


We are currently using Good Mobile Messaging.  It offers a more stable mobile 
messaging platform and support for more devices, including all Palm & Pocket PC 
(Windows Mobile) devices.





From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dave stevens
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 12:24 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Alternative to Blackberry Enterprise server


Hi Guys,


I understand that this is not strictly and exchange question, but need your 
help. I am currently look at alternatives to BES, and what the basic difference 
between Exchange OMA and BES are. I need as much concise information on this as 
possible, as I am going to read thru and recommend to the business.








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