We are looking into installing the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express as a temporary solution for BlackBerry mail, calendar, contact and task synchronization with Office 365 until RIM begins offering its hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express solution later in 2011. I have a workaround in place right now to use text messaging for daily calendar notifications instead of syncing but this is only a temporary solution.
Does anyone have experience installing the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express internally and using it in a hybrid cloud model with Office 365? Judging from the FAQs for the solution it should work well for our needs but it looks like the system requirements are not set up for a hybrid cloud model. Am I chasing a pipe dream here?
EDIT (July 9, 2011): It doesn’t look like it’s possible to set up a hybrid cloud with BES hosted internally and accessing hosted Exchange on Office 365. I asked a similar question on the Office 365 Community forum and received confirmation from a Microsoft forum moderator that “BES (in its current, non-cloud version) is not going to be supported in O365.” Check out the conversation at http://community.office365.com/en-us/f/146/p/7114/29065.aspx. I will update this post if anything changes and when the cloud service BES is available later this year from RIM.