Blackberry Upgrade Options
Posted on 2013-06-06
I need guidance who know more than I about Blackberry (which is likely just about everyone here). Please try not to groan too loudly when you hear how outdated we are. We are a small firm running an older version of BES (126.96.36.199) on a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP1 vm, still on Exchange 6.5 (office 2003). Okay, go ahead and groan.
The good news is we are in the process of upgrading our servers to Server 2008 for all apps possible. We will keep some vm boxes running Server 2003 as necessary, but I need to make sure I plan out how best to implement a migration to newer versions of Exchange and BES. I know Exchange will remain in the landscape in the future, unfortunately BES is debatable unless I can find away to upgrade inexpensively or capitalize on features.
I know that Exchange 6.5 will not run on Server 2008, nor will our version of BES. Should I just plan on taking our BES to 5 (which will run on 2008) and call it good? We do not have many bb users, and I'm trying to keep costs/impact down so that management doesn't try to scrap BES completely and dictate use of iphones. Are there benefits to version 10 that I could leverage for use with other mobile devices?
Appreciate all input - thanks.