Backup Appliance Market Gains in Q1: IDC

By Pedro Hernandez

Storage vendors experienced an uptick in demand for their backup appliances during the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), judging by new figures released today by technology analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

Businesses worldwide are backing up more data.

Vendors shipped 647 petabytes (PB) of purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) capacity last quarter, a 32.3 percent year-over-year increase. Factory revenues jumped 6.9 percent, totaling $719.3 million. The open systems category saw a sales increase of 7.2 percent for a total of $651 million while the market for mainframe backup appliances saw a 4.1 percent bump in demand.

IDC's Liz Conner, research manager of the group's Storage Systems practice, noted that new, more adaptive backup offerings are gave the market some bounce during a traditionally restrained buying season.

"The worldwide PBBA market got off to a strong start in 2015 with solid year-over-year revenue growth in the historically slower first quarter," Conner said in a statement. "Vendors continue to focus on enhancing and updating their PBBA product portfolios. The results are more flexible, agile, and now, typically hybrid, products that are helping to meet a wider range of data protection needs for end users."

EMC took the sales crown in 1Q15 with $377.1 million in revenue and a 52.4 percent share of the market. PBBA sales dropped by 5.3 percent drop compared to the same year-ago period at the storage giant.

Second-place Symantec, meanwhile, posted a dramatic 46 percent increase in sales on a year-over-year bases. During the quarter, the Mountain View, Calif.-based computer security and data protection specialist generated $133 million in PBBA revenue compared to $91.1 million last year.

Last month, reporting on the company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 financial results, CEO Michael A. Brown said during an earnings call his company's NetBackup appliance business "grew 46 percent in fiscal 2015, accelerating to 88 percent in the fourth quarter. This success was driven by the recent launch of our NetBackup 5330 appliance, which more than doubled the capacity of the prior model, giving us the ability to expand into larger enterprise environments."

IBM and HP were statically tied for third place, with 5.2 percent and 4.5 percent of the market, respectively. "Barracuda, Quantum, and Dell finished the quarter in a three-way tie for the number 5 position with 3.5 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.5 percent market share, respectively," stated IDC.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on June 19, 2015