BlackBerry server consolidation, keeping different carriers

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Hi Experts.

I am no BlackBerry expert at all, but even though I will be able to get the right technical assistance for the design and deployment, I need some clarification on the service level.

We are supposed to consolidate several BlackBerry servers distributed across different countries, which are currently using mobile services provided by different carriers, providing service to 1200 users roughly.

The goal is to have just one single BlackBerry server (redundant) handling all this service for all these users, assuming the minimum user impact as possible, and keeping the carriers contracts as of now, when possible.

How should I approach this? I would think I could add devices to a BlackBerry server even though the mobile service provided for those devices are different carriers, correct?
Which are the key aspects to keep in mind for a consolidation like this one I am facing, or the key technical parameters I should worry about to start consolidating these devices? May we incurr on any kind of service/contractual issue? The future single BES server will be located on one of these countries, where most likely the other carriers would not even have presence. This BES server will definitely be interconnected with a central mail (Domino) server where all those users will have their mail inboxes located.

Thanks a lot for your help and assistance.

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The different carriers isn't a problem - your BES can handle multiple carriers at the same time without any complaints.

The biggest consideration would actually be where the user's mailboxes are. As long as your BES is located roughly in the same area as your domino mailboxes (aim for <75ms latency between BES and mailstore) then you won't have any problems.

At 1200 users you'll need to have a fairly highly-spec'd box as well, most importantly, with a decent amount of RAM.

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Thanks  a lot jonny, for your clear answers.
So for project plan preparation, should I assume that provided that the mail store has been correctly migrated to comply with the "proximity" requirements, as far as the target users (coming from different countries & carriers) already have a legitimate PIN and EMEI number for their current devices, and as far as the BES server has enough CALs, the migration process should be just as easy as removing the device from the original BES server and add it to the new BES server?
Should we keep in mind any other pre/post step? Of course we would run tests and draft a check list and procedure, but just for high level preparation knowledge..
Thanks a lot.

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Yes that's correct.

Are you keeping the same configuration database? or consolidating that onto a single SQL/DB2 platform as well?

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Hi Jonny. Sorry for my long silence. I have been quite disconnected for some reasons...
We are consolidating all configuration DBs onto a single one, actually we want to basically configure this as the only BES server for the environment. I will go ahead and close the question accepting yours like the solution. Sorry for the absence again.

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Thanks a lot.

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