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Worldwide Quarterly Purpose Built Backup Appliance Tracker

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Purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) are disk-based solutions that utilize software, disk arrays, and server engines/nodes, which are used as a target for backup data and replicated backup data. These products are standalone disk systems purpose built to serve as a target for backup and include features such as deduplication, compression, encryption, remote replication, and support interfaces. 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 for those that may introduce new products. Revenue and capacity for disk systems behind PBBA gateways are included in the PBBA market sizing as well as 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. Segmentation between the two product categories is provided.

Technology Coverage


This tracker provides total market size and vendor share for the following technology areas.

Core Coverage

  • Company, vendor, brand, and model name
  • Product category: Integrated systems and target systems
  • Product: Open systems and mainframe systems
  • Interface: VTL, NAS, and other
  • Measurements: Units, terabytes, vendor revenue, and value
  • Revenue type: Hardware and software

Optional Content Add-Ons

  • Region and country
  • Company, vendor, and brand
  • Product category: Integrated systems and target systems
  • Product: Open systems and mainframe systems
  • Interface: VTL, NAS, and other
  • Measurements: Vendor revenue and value

Geographic Scope


  • Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (1): PRC and the rest of Asia/Pacific
  • Canada
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Japan
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
  • United States
  • Western Europe (16): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

Data Deliverables


This tracker is delivered on a quarterly basis via a web-based interface for online querying and downloads. The following are the deliverables for this tracker. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative.

  • Quarterly data files
  • Historical data
  • Five-year forecast data
  • Excel pivot table
  • Query tool

Forecast Coverage


Forecasts for this tracker are updated quarterly and include five years of annual market projections. Forecasts are available at the regional level. Details of the forecasts included in this tracker are provided in the section that follows.

Core Forecast Coverage

  • Product: Open systems and mainframe systems
  • Measurements: Terabytes and value
  • Revenue type: Hardware and software — delivered in a separate pivot table in value only

Optional Forecast Add-Ons

  • Region and country
  • Product: Open systems and mainframe systems
  • Measurements: Value