Backup Appliances Resume Growth Trend

Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues grew 2.2 percent year over year, totaling $813.6 million in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15).

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December 18, 2015

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Backup Appliances Resume Growth Trend

PRESS RELEASE — FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues grew 2.2% year over year totaling $813.6 million in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. Total PBBA open systems factory revenue grew 3.8% year over year in 3Q15 with revenues totaling $742.4 million while the mainframe market experienced a decline of -12.3% for the same period. Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped for 3Q15 was just shy of 831 petabytes, an increase of 22.4% year over year.

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“Resuming its trend, the worldwide PBBA market experienced a year-over-year increase in the third quarter of 2015,” said Liz Conner, Research Manager, Storage Systems. “Responding to end user needs, vendors have adjusting product portfolios to enable the ability to tier or push data to the cloud, put a greater focus on deduplication and backup software, and have worked to enhance ease of use, allowing for a simpler single pane of glass management of backups.”

Total Worldwide PBBA 3Q15 Results

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 61.4% revenue share in the third quarter, followed by Symantec* with 14.3% share. IBM and HP tied** for third, posting 5.2% and 5.0% market share, respectively. Dell finished the quarter in the number 5 position with 2.9% market share.

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


1. EMC

2. Symantec*

T3. IBM**

T3. HP**

5. Dell



Source: IDC Worldwide Purpose Built Backup Appliance Quarterly Tracker, December 18, 2015


* Symantec includes the Veritas business.

** IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide purpose-built backup appliance market when there is less than one percent difference in the revenue share of two or more vendors.

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. The chart is intended for public use in online news articles and social media. Instructions on how to embed this graphic can be found by viewing this press release on

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].

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