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Comparison Blackberry and Active Sync

June 22, 2010

There are many differences between Microsoft’s Active Sync and Research In Motion’s Blackberry Enterprise server technologies. Here below you will find the comparison of both the technologies in terms of Features, Cost and Security…

Features….:
Blackberry
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Blackberry offers many more features in comparison with Active sync these features are:
1.) Mobile Data service allows Blackberry users to access intranet sites and applications.
2.) IT policies to control features on Blackberry devices.
3.) Complete logging of PIN, SMS messages and Phone calls is available on blackberry server.
4.) Remote Wipe / lock / Unlock of device are supported. These are also supported on Active Sync.
5.) Synchronization of email, Calendar, notes, contacts and tasks is supported. These are also supported on Active Sync.
6.) Controlled surfing of Internet network is available only with Blackberry. i.e internet access can be routed through corporate network with internal proxy server.

Active Sync
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1.) Remote Wipe / lock / Unlock of device are supported.
2.) Synchronization of email, Calendar, notes, contacts and tasks is supported.
3.) You can see all old emails but blackberry there is a limitation.
4.) You can download larger attachments and on blackberry only near 5MB.

Cost factor…:

Blackberry
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To implement blackberry solution you are required to have purchased or spent on

Blackberry Enterprise server software license
Additional Blackberry Client Access Licenses
Costly Blackberry device for the user.
Skilled technical staff to manage blackberry server
Blackberry Enterprise services needs to enable from service provider for each device. Cost of GPRS (EDGE Technology) this allows fastest email sync
Hardware for blackberry server
If you need to run more than 50 users you have to incur cost on SQL database server.

ActiveSync
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To implement Active sync solution you are required to have Microsoft Exchange server with Outlook web access and Outlook mobile access published with external Internet URL and Secure HTTP (HTTPS) and purchased or spent on few things as compared to blackberry

No additional software license is required because Microsoft exchange server is enough for implementation
Purchase of certificate to enable https from third party vendor or install your Certificate Authority Server inside your environment.
Windows mobile phone
Exchange administrator can manage Active Sync
Cost of GPRS
No additional hardware for Active Sync Server software installation
SQL server is not required for Active Sync implementation

Security factor…:

Security level is almost same in both the technologies.
Blackberry Enterprise server supports 3DES and AES encryption. AES encryption is fastest and completely unbreakable but requires blackberry devices with firmware version 4.0 or higher.

Active sync uses SSL port 443 for data transfer which is again highly secure encryption.

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