Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Experiences Continued Growth in Second Quarter of 2013, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., September 23, 2013 – Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues posted a 7.3% year-over-year increase, totaling $720.2 million, in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. Furthermore, the total PBBA open systems market increased robustly, totaling $639.8 million in revenues, representing 13.3% growth from the prior year's second quarter. In addition, the total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped reached 394,940 terabytes, growing 40.9% year over year.

"The total worldwide PBBA market continued to outpace the External Disk System market by a wide margin in the second quarter of 2013. The worldwide PBBA market continues to experience strong growth in revenue, capacity, and shipments," said Robert Amatruda, Research Director, Data Protection and Recovery. "We believe that appliance-based protection and recovery has taken root in customers' environments as a simplified approach to meet their backup and recovery challenges" 

Total Worldwide PBBA 2Q13 Results

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 62.6% revenue share in the second quarter, followed by Symantec and IBM and with 12.4% and 7.3% market share, respectively. Symantec exhibited strong year-over-year growth in the PBBA market in the second quarter of 2013 while IBM saw its revenues decline.  

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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