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Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Experiences Strong Growth in Second Quarter of 2012, According to IDC

Worldwide PBBA factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 29.8%, totaling just under $657.4 million, in the second quarter of 2012 (2Q12), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. For the quarter, the total PBBA open systems market posted just under $551.1 million in revenues, representing 27.7% growth from the prior year's second quarter. The total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped reach 273,082 terabytes, growing 32.2% year over year.

"The worldwide PBBA market grew robustly in the second quarter of 2012 with factory revenues exceeding $657 million," said Robert Amatruda, research director, Data Protection and Recovery. "The customer adoption of PBBA systems has intensified as customers use these systems to improve their backup windows and recovery time objectives."

Total Worldwide PBBA 2Q12 Results

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 62.2% revenue share in the second quarter, followed by IBM and Symantec with 13.5% and 7.9% market share, respectively. IBM had a good quarter with its mainframe PBBA offerings. Symantec exhibited strong growth in the open system PBBA market with its NetBackup appliances, which entered the PBBA market in 2010. Meanwhile, HP captured 5.9% share with its new PBBA product offerings coupled with its StorOnce deduplication and optimization software tools.

Capture-Top 5 Vendors Worldwide PBBA Factory Revenue

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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