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15 Dec 2016

Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Experienced Decline in the Third Quarter of 2016, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., December 15, 2016 – Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues were down 7.9% year over year, totaling $737.5 million in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker. Total PBBA open systems factory revenue decreased 7.2% year over year during the quarter with revenues of $686.1 million. Mainframe systems sales experienced a year-over-year decline of 17.1% in 3Q16. Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped for 3Q16 totaled 920 petabytes, an increase of 12.1% from 3Q15.

"The PBBA market closed out the third quarter on a downturn, following a similar trend as the enterprise storage systems market," said Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems. "Spending in more mature geographies saw a decline, while the market saw favorable growth in emerging markets. Meanwhile the shift in spending away from commodity hardware continues, with PBBA software spending taking market share."

Total Worldwide PBBA 3Q16 Results

Dell Technologies maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 60.3% revenue share during the quarter, followed by Veritas with 15.2% share. IBM and HPE were statistically tied** for the third position with 5.7% and 4.8% market share, respectively. Quantum held the number 5 PBBA vendor position with a 2.5 % share of the worldwide market.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PBBA Factory Revenue, Third Quarter of 2016 (Revenues in $ Millions)


3Q16 Revenue

3Q16 Market Share

3Q15 Revenue

3Q15 Market Share

3Q16/3Q15 Growth

1. Dell Technologies






2. Symantec/Veritas*






3. IBM**






3. HPE**






5. Quantum


















Source: IDC Worldwide Purpose Built Backup Appliance Quarterly Tracker, December 15, 2016


* Symantec and Veritas are reported as an entity in the table to reflect year-over-year growth. Starting 1Q16, PBBA Tracker reports Veritas instead of Symantec due to the separation between the two companies.

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

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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

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Liz Conner

Michael Shirer

Lidice Fernandez