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Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Experienced Double-Digit Growth in the Second Quarter of 2016, According to IDC

Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues grew 11.5% year over year, totaling $871.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. Total PBBA open systems factory revenue increased 12.0% year over year in 2Q16 with revenues totaling $787.6 million. After three consecutive quarters of year-over-year decline, mainframe systems revenue was up by 6.2% from a year ago. Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped, for 2Q16 reached 1 exabyte, an increase of 35.3% from 2Q15.

"The PBBA market posted a strong performance in the first half of 2016," said Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems. "Responding to end-user pain points, vendors continue to improve their product portfolios with greater emphasis on automation, simplified management tools, improved RPO/RTOs, and the ability to tier to the cloud."

Total Worldwide PBBA 2Q16 Results

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 61.8% revenue share during the quarter, followed by Veritas with 13.3% share. IBM and HPE ranked the third and the fourth position with 5.6% and 3.7% market share, respectively. Dell maintained the number 5 PBBA vendor position with a 2.9% share of the worldwide market.

 
Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PBBA Factory Revenue, Second Quarter of 2016
(Revenues in $ Millions)
Vendor

2Q16
Revenue

2Q16
Market
Share

2Q15
Revenue

2Q15
Market
Share

2Q16/2Q15
Growth

1. EMC $538.4 61.8% $469.9 60.1% 14.6%
2. Symantec/Veritas* $115.6 13.3% $104.5 13.4% 10.6%
3. IBM $49.0 5.6% $54.0 6.9% -9.3%
4. HPE $32.1 3.7% $36.7 4.7% -12.4%
5. Dell $25.2 2.9% $15.3 2.0% 64.5%
Others $110.7 12.7% $101.1 12.9% 9.6%
Total $871.1 100.0% $781.6 100.0% 11.5%
Source: IDC Worldwide Purpose Built Backup Appliance Quarterly Tracker, September 23, 2016
 

Notes:
* Symantec and Veritas are reported as an entity in the table to reflect year-over-year growth. Starting 1Q16, PBBA Tracker reports Veritas instead of Symantec due to the separation between the two companies.

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic showing the worldwide market share of the top 5 PBBA vendors over the previous five quarters is available here. Instructions on how to embed this graphic into online news articles and social media can be found by viewing this press release on IDC.com.

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. The IDC Tracker Chart app is also available for Android Phones and Android Tablets.

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. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, data and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

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