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BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is the Most Cost-Effective

By Philip Cohen - Friday, December 28, 2012

Formerly a luxury for businesses and enterprises in the past, cutting-edge technological and communication capabilities have become a necessity. Employees, employers, clients and stockholders need up-to-the-minute communication capabilities and information access. Major wireless companies have responded to the need by creating complex, technologically advanced wireless platform services for enterprises. Research in Motion (the makers of BlackBerry), Qualcomm, Verizon, Apple and AT&T are among the major players in this field.

For many enterprises, security is the top concern while using a comprehensive, large-scale network. However, while the networks must be secure, they have to fit within a reasonable budget. For these reasons, many businesses choose to use BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). In a recent study performed by Strategy Analytics, BES was shown to be not only the most secure wireless platform solution but also the least expensive.

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Source: Strategy Analytics


BES has served in the past as an industry standard for providing businesses with a versatile and secure wireless platform. BES takes a unique list of demands and completes them. Perhaps most importantly, it provides these services in a cost-efficient manner.

When compared against the standard “Walled Garden” approach, BES cost approximately $46,000 less in the first year. Even after the initial setup, it would typically cost a business 15.7 percent less to maintain and operate BES than it would to use non-BlackBerry devices with a “Walled Garden.”

According to the Strategy Analytics study, when companies used a “Walled Garden” approach, it cost 39 percent more to use a non-BlackBerry device than a BlackBerry. The BlackBerry devices were compared with devices that used Apple iOS 5, Windows Phone 7 operating systems and Symbian S60. The researchers tested all products in a variety of areas. Out of 11 major categories, which included protection against physical attacks to extract storage contents, exploitation via physical interface, carrier network exploitation and exploitation of weak cryptographic algorithm, BES succeeded in 10. The next-best product passed just six of the tests.

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Source: Strategy Analytics

Andrew Brown, the Director of Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics, advised developers that security should be first and foremost when to comes to their product. The study recommended that the three areas developers should concentrate most on were: 1) meeting high-level cryptographic standards, 2) securing device operating systems using comprehensive device management, and 3) installing a high number of technical controls on devices. Many of the products studied have to be equipped with stronger data protection capabilities to even be considered a realistic option for large companies that have high security needs, Brown said.

But for consumers—from start-ups to large corporations and institutions—security must be balanced with value. BES, according to the study, provides both while sacrificing neither. Because of this, many high-profile organizations choose to use BlackBerry. BlackBerry Enterprise Servers are approved for use by the British government for high-security data transfer, according to Senior Vice President of the BlackBerry Security Group Scott Totzke. Even material classified as “Restricted” is stored and transmitted using BES.

About the author

Phil Cohen is a graduate from San Diego State University, with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Public Relations. He is currently working with a computer firm in Houston, Texas. In his free time he enjoys freelance writing about technology products, as well as Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting, and taking Road Trips.




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