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Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Revenue Increases 11.2% in the Third Quarter of 2014, According to IDC

(PresseBox) (Framingham, Mass, ) Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues grew 11.2% year over year totaling $789.2 million in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. Total PBBA open systems factory revenue increased 12.9% year over year in 3Q14 with revenues totaling $706.6 million while the mainframe market experienced a decline of -1.1% for the same period. Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped, for open systems and mainframe PBBA systems, reached 687,473 terabytes, an increase of 81.5% year over year.

"Growth in the worldwide PBBA market remained strong in the third quarter, posting a double-digit year-over-year growth rate in factory revenue," said Liz Conner, Research Manager, Storage Systems. "Customers continue to resonate with the importance of data protection, backup, and recovery, while improved vendor offerings allow for greater flexibility and customization in meeting customer data protection needs."

Total Worldwide PBBA 3Q14 Results

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 62.5% revenue share in the third quarter, followed by Symantec with 12.9% share. IBM and HP posted 6.4% and 3.3% market share, respectively. Quantum moved into the number 5 PBBA vendor position with a 2.6% share of the worldwide market.

Taxonomy Notes:

IDC defines a purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) as a standalone disk-based solution that utilizes software, disk arrays, server engine(s), or nodes that are used for a target for backup data and specifically data coming from a backup application (e.g., NetWorker, NetBackup, TSM, and Backup Exec) or can be tightly integrated with the backup software to catalog, index, schedule, and perform data movement. The PBBA products are deployed in standalone configurations or as gateways. PBBA solutions deployed in a gateway configuration connect to and store backup data on general-purpose storage. Here, the gateway device is serving as the component that is purpose built solely for backup and not for supporting any other workload or application. Regardless of packaging (as an appliance or gateway), PBBAs can have multiple interfaces or protocols. Also, PBBAs often can provide and receive replication to or from remote sites and a secondary PBBA for the purpose of disaster recovery (DR).

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose Built Backup Appliance Tracker provides vendor share, market size, and forecasts for purpose-built backup appliances. IDC provides key market insights and growth for vendors participating in the PBBA market as well as those that may introduce new products. Revenue and capacity for disk systems behind PBBA gateways is included in the PBBA market sizing and also in the forecast. Some PBBA solutions integrate the data movement engine (backup application) with the appliance, while others serve as only a target for incoming backup application data. Both solutions are included in the PBBA market sizing, although segmentation between the two product categories is provided.

For more information about IDC's Worldwide PBBA Quarterly Tracker, please contact Hoang Nguyen at or

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Companies Covered:
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Regions Covered:
United States

Topics Covered:
Data-replication services, Disaster recovery, Disk-based data protection, Industry-standard servers, Software, Tape storage