Originally Posted by BeachBumSteve
Truth is...BES does offer a number of features, primarily in the area of remote administration, remote wipe, policies, etc...
The point I was trying to make related to mail client performance. Putting a BES (or any middle-ware solution) between a mail client and a mail server will never improve performance...it might add features though. And the cost of the middle-ware solution will tend to discourage small/medium sized businesses from using those solutions and instead follow the direct sync option with add-on security if needed.
The iPhone is a solution for people who want the superior sync capabilities provided by a BES, can't afford or justify a BES and don't want to suffer the issues of a Win Mobile device.
BES is used by organisations with many thousands of users, very busy users at that, hammering the exchange server and the BES server(s).
BES is free for 1 user license.
Performance his it not a valid reason for not using BES.