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Modest growth for backup appliances

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Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues grew 6,9% year-over-year totalling $719,3-million in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Appliance Tracker.
Total PBBA open systems factory revenue increased 7m,2% year-over-year in 1Q15 with revenues totalling $651-million while the mainframe market experienced a growth of 4,1% for the same period. Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped for 1Q15 reached 647 petabytes, an increase of 32,3% year-over-year.

“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,” says Liz Conner, research manager: storage systems at IDC. “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 maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 52,4% revenue share in the first quarter, followed by Symantec with 18,5% share. IBM and HP tied for third, posting 5,2% and 4,5% market share, respectively. Barracuda, Quantum, and Dell finished the quarter in a three-way tie for the number five position with 3,5%, 3,3%, and 2,5% market share, respectively.