Chosing a BlackBerry Enterprise Server

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 19, 2010

RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) lets organizations manage these smartphone devices and provide secure access to corporate e-mail, IT policies, and software configurations. This Business Week article looks at the features offered in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 and the newer BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for small and midsized businesses.

RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is the preferred solution for providing secure access, but which server version is best?

"Although previous versions of BlackBerry Enterprise Server had groups, they're more flexible in BES and BES Express 5.0.1. For instance, groups can belong to other groups (nesting or child), which helps IT managers deal with complicated corporate structures. Groups, like individual users, can be assigned to roles, IT policies, and software configurations, and they'll inherit the roles, policies, and configuration from their parent groups. You'll need to construct group hierarchies carefully, because there's no easy way to manage exceptions for a specific user.

"Both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express 5.0.1 provide new administration roles that can be used to spread out IT management tasks more efficiently. For example, you could assign one person to serve as senior help desk administrator and others to administer a particular server or group of users."

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