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2013 was a very successful year for Kerio with record growth across all of our product lines. Our thanks go out to our Kerio customers and Kerio partners, who made all of this possible.
Kerio saw significant growth in license sales of our Connect, Control and Operator products and the launch of our cloud-based Samepage service during 2013. Overall, sales grew by 14% year-over-year. We shipped products to customers in almost every country around the globe with record growth in Europe, North American and Asia-Pacific. Our fastest growing region was Germany, where our distributor Brainworks, under the helm of Anton Thoma, did a fantastic job in growing the Kerio customer base.
Last year we invested heavily in Control, our software for ensuring our customers’ networks remain secure and free from bots, malware and other threats. Our customers continued to appreciate the convenience and performance of Kerio Control Box UTM appliance as seen in year-over-year growth of 48% for this product. The entry level Kerio Control Box 1120 performed extremely well, especially with customers in North America. We are regularly beating out Dell SonicWALL and Fortinet in customer and partner vendor evaluations due to Kerio’s rock-solid core technology, dramatically better user interface, and our simple all-inclusive licensing model.
Kerio Connect keeps growing as the leading Microsoft Exchange alternative for on-premises email installations. Customers are taking full advantage of Kerio Connect’s ability to run on multiple hardware platforms (unlike Microsoft Exchange). Fifty-five percent of Connect installations run on Windows, 25% on Mac and 20% on Linux servers globally. We expect further growth for Connect in 2014 as a great on premises alternative to Exchange. Microsoft has announced end of life for their Small Business Server program, which will force its customers to either migrate email to the cloud (Office 365) or license and maintain Exchange. [Look for a whitepaper on the topic from us.]
Kerio entered the VoIP phone market relatively recently with Kerio Operator. We wanted to bring our approach of powerful and easy-to-administer software into this growing market area. Right from the start, Kerio Operator IP PBX resonated well with partners and customers who liked our “anybody can administer a phone system” approach. We believe that simplified UI design leads to greater customer satisfaction. And apparently others like this approach too — we were honored when Kerio Operator was named a Product of the Year by PC Magazine in 2013.
Kerio officially launched a new service in January 2013, Samepage. It’s totally revolutionary — it’s our first cloud-only offering and it’s the first comprehensive platform for getting things done — think office suite, task management, file storage, and a communication vehicle all rolled into one. At the same time, Samepage is familiar territory for Kerio. It builds upon our fundamental principles: create powerful and easy-to-use software that improves productivity for small and mid-size businesses globally.
We run all our internal Kerio business processes (finance, HR, marketing, sales, business development, engineering, etc.) on Samepage and are continually amazed at the improvement in our productivity and the decrease in our inbound email. We’re also pleased to see customers like The University of Tokyo and Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation relying on Samepage to manage their internal processes and work teams.
We’re excited about the success created by the Kerio community of customer, partners and employees in 2013. It’s the perfect foundation for what is to come in 2014.
Original article available on our blog.
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