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Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Revenue Declines -2.5% Year-Over-Year in the First Quarter of 2014, According to IDC

Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues declined -2.5% year over year to $664.5 million in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. In addition, the total PBBA open systems market fell -2.6% year over year in 1Q14 with revenues totaling $598.9 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 398,280 terabytes, increasing 7.1% year over year.

"The worldwide PBBA market is showing maturity coupled with a typically slow first quarter of the calendar year," said Robert Amatruda, Research Director, Data Protection and Recovery. "We expect the PBBA market will resume growth over the months ahead as customers continue to embrace appliance form factors to meet their growing data protection and recovery challenges."

Total Worldwide PBBA 1Q14 Results

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 59.9% revenue share in the first quarter, followed by Symantec and IBM with 13.7% and 5.8% market share, respectively. HP held the number 4 position with 4.3% market share while Barracuda and Quantum ended the quarter in a statistical tie* for the number 5 position with 2.3% share, respectively.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PBBA Factory Revenue, First Quarter of 2014

(Revenues in $ Millions)




1Q14 Market




1Q13 Market



1. EMC       $398.3       59.9%       $399.7       58.6%       -0.3%
2. Symantec       $91.1       13.7%       $102.3       15.0%       -10.9%
3. IBM       $38.6       5.8%       $48.2       7.1%       -20.0%
4. HP       $28.9       4.3%       $28.7       4.2%       0.6%
5. Barracuda*       $15.3       2.3%       $11.8       1.7%       29.8%
5. Quantum*       $15.2       2.3%       $18.5       2.7%       -17.6%
Others       $92.4       13.9%       $84.1       12.3%       9.9%
Total       $664.5       100.0%       $681.4       100.0%       -2.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Purpose Built Backup Appliance Quarterly Tracker, June 20, 2014

* Note: IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market when there is less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) difference in the revenue share of two or more vendors.

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 [email protected].

About IDC Trackers

IDC Tracker products provide accurate and timely market size, vendor share, and forecasts for hundreds of technology markets from more than 100 countries around the globe. Using proprietary tools and research processes, IDC's Trackers are updated on a semiannual, quarterly, and monthly basis. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly excel deliverables and on-line query tools. The IDC Tracker Charts app allows users to view data charts from the most recent IDC Tracker products on their iPhone and iPad.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. In 2014, IDC celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing strategic insights to help clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting

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