1. gizmo_guy's Avatar
    Good Mornig Everyone:

    There are a number of people in multiple threads asking questions about BES vs BIS and their capabilities/functionality. There was an article about this in BlackBerry 101 but I would like to post a reminder to help everyone.

    BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express (BESX) are two options for corporate collaboration and email support. BES and BESX are used in conjunction with Lotus Domino/Notes, Novell GroupWise, and Microsoft Exchange. Those utilizing BES or BESX will require you to obtain a password from your IT Department. BES and BESX are subject to policies put in place by your employer and will include any website restrictions and other security measures presently in force. As a reminder, devices attached to the BES can be, and usually are, being watched but the IT Department.

    BESX, like the former BlackBerry Professional Software, is scaled to small business. The software itself is free and may include free client access licenses.

    BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) is used for those who want the BlackBerry but do not have need for access to company networks. BIS will support up to 10 IMAP4 or POP3 email accounts. BIS has the "advantage," if it really is an advantage, of not being subject to the IT Departments limitations

    Either one is generally very secure (128 bit encryption) and, with the optional SmartGuard app for BIS, can be wiped remotely. Which one to use is largely a joint decision between the End User and his/her employer. If they require you to have a BlackBerry, you can safely assume that you will be using BES or BESX. If work is not a factor, you will default to BIS at the time of activation.

    Hope this helps everyone. It is not a comprehensive explanation but there are resources available.
    Last edited by gizmo_guy; 08-19-10 at 01:57 PM.
    08-19-10 01:55 PM