Over 18,000 companies have upgraded to BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 (BES 10) since the product was made available at the start of the year.
BlackBerry confirmed the high BES 10 adoption rate while reporting expectations to see a second boom, claiming 60 percent of the Fortune 500 have ordered, downloaded or installed the servers. Director of mobility at strategy analytics, Kevin Burden, said BES 10's success is due to its multiple operating system support, which lets users connect more popular consumer-focused iOS and Android handsets to the servers.
"The adoption of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 has been largely driven by BlackBerry's strategy of multi-platform enterprise mobility management," Burden said. "The company's ability to bring secure workspace capabilities to iOS and Android alongside BlackBerry, gives IT managers the tools needed to manage the complexity that ‘bring your own device' has brought to many environments."
BES 10's success comes despite ongoing low sales of BB10-powered smartphones the Z10 and Q10. A BlackBerry spokesman confirmed to V3 the Canadian firm only shipped 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices in the first quarter 2013.
This means that BlackBerry has sold fewer smartphones across its entire portfolio than Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 handset did in its first month on sale. The Korean firm confirmed the S4 surpassed the 10 million global channel sales milestone one month after launch earlier this year.
Low sales of BlackBerry smartphones are believed to be a key factor contributing to the firm's poor financial performance. Most recently BlackBerry posted a loss of $84m for the last business quarter, in its Q1 2013 financial report.
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