Microsoft Exchange 2013 is synchronised with Blackberry Enterprise Server (“BES”) to provide advanced security features, remote device management, customisable user permissions, maximum scalability, access to information on the go, and instant technology thanks to push technology. It is available as an Add-on for Business and Manager Mail only.
BES and BESX (BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express) provide encrypted access to mail server from BlackBerry mobile terminal (see picture below). Versions of BES are available for Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise. Google has made a Connector for BES which makes BES available for Google Apps as well. Both BES and BESX require MAPI access to Exchange.
BES requires BES licenses for the server from RIM and BES plan from mobile operator with APN to RIM’s datacenter.
BESX does not require server licenses from RIM and can work both with BIS and BES plans from mobile operator.
New BlackBerry devices offer direct interfacing to Exchange and need not to use BlackBerry server for push mail. The server is required just for mobile terminals management and the content accessible or stored by them.
Integration with BlackBerry devices (except the newest ones with BB10 operating system) is provided via hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Neostratus can provide both BES Xpress and full BES with different feature sets and licensing. Both BES and BESX can be automatically provisioned from CSM, but in case of BES the Service Provider has to provide the BES licenses. That way, even small organizations can enjoy BES services without need to bother purchasing and maintaining of the server.