Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Revenue Declined Amidst Market Evolution in the Second Quarter, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., September 17, 2015 – Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues declined -8.0% year over year totaling $726.1 million in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. Total PBBA open systems factory revenue decreased -9.0% year over year in 2Q15 with revenues totaling $654.4 million while the mainframe market experienced a growth of 1.8% for the same period. Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped for 2Q15 was just shy of 694 petabytes, an increase of 18.0% year over year.

"The worldwide PBBA market experienced a year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2015 as the market continues to evolve," said Liz Conner, Research Manager, Storage Systems. "Focus continues to shift away from hardware-centric, on-premise PBBA systems to hybrid/gateway systems. The results are greater emphasis on backup and deduplication software, the ability to tier or push data to the cloud, and the increasing commoditization of hardware, all of which require market participants to adjust product portfolios accordingly."

Total Worldwide PBBA 2Q15 Results

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 57.1% revenue share in the second quarter, followed by Symantec* with 14.4% share. IBM was in the third position and HP was in fourth, posting 7.4% and 5.1% market share, respectively. Barracuda finished the quarter in the number 5 position with 3.7% market share.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PBBA Factory Revenue, Second Quarter of 2015 (Revenues in $ Millions)

Vendor 2Q15 Revenue 2Q15 Market Share 2Q14 Revenue 2Q14 Market Share 2Q15/2Q14 Growth
1. EMC $414.4 57.1% $498.7 63.2% -16.9%
2. Symantec* $104.5 14.4% $108.5 13.7% -3.7%
3. IBM $54.0 7.4% $53.6 6.8% 0.8%
4. HP $36.7 5.1% $33.7 4.3% 8.8%
5. Barracuda $26.8 3.7% $16.0 2.0% 67.6%
Others $89.6 12.3% $79.0 10.0% 13.4%
Total $726.1 100.0% $789.5 100.0% -8.0%

Source : IDC Worldwide Purpose Built Backup Appliance Quarterly Tracker, September 17, 2015

*Note: Symantec includes the Veritas business


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.

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