The purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market experienced 16.5% year-over-year growth, totaling $679 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2013, according to market research firm IDC. In addition, total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped increased by more than 45%, reaching 361,289 terabtyes (TB). IDC said that the PBBA market grew faster than the external disk storage system or data protection and recovery markets, as well.
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The biggest player in the PBBA market -- EMC -- held on to its lead and brought in nearly $400 million in revenue in Q1, although its market share dropped 4.4%, to 58.9%, from Q1 in 2012 to the same period this year, IDC said. Its revenues rose from $369.9 million.
But Symantec saw the most dramatic shift -- its market share more than doubled between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013, reaching 15.1%. Its revenues saw similar growth, jumping from $41 million in Q1 2012 to $102.3 million in Q1 2013, according to IDC.
Meanwhile, the remaining vendors in the PBBA market top five -- IBM, HP and Quantum -- all saw declining market share from Q1 in 2012 to the same period in 2013, IDC said.
IBM took the largest tumble -- its revenues dropped by $21.1 million, to $48.2 million -- and its market share dropped to 7.1% from 11.9%. HP, which has been struggling for the past few years, saw its PBBA revenue drop by about $1.9 million, to $28.7 million, and its market share fall by 1.1%, to 4.2%, according to IDC. While losing market share (about 0.4 %, falling to 2.7%), Quantum did post a revenue increase of about $500,000 during that time, hitting $18.5 million, IDC said.
The rise in backup appliance revenue is part of a well-known trend of overall growth in the need to store and back up data for business operations. In a recent SearchStorage Purchasing Intentions survey, more than a quarter of respondents said they stored more than 100 TB of data per week, and nearly half said their spending on disk hardware for backup would increase. And in a Forrester survey, analysts found that the average amount of data stored for server backups rose by 46% from 2010 to 2012.