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Purpose-built storage off to a solid 2016

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Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues grew 6,2% year over year, totalling $762,2-million in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker.
Total PBBA open systems factory revenue increased 8,3% year over year in 1Q16 with revenues totalling $703,2-million while the mainframe market experienced a decline of 13,9% for the same period.
Total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped in 1Q16 reached 886 petabytes, an increase of 39,7% from a year ago.
“The PBBA market picked up in 2016 where it left off in 2015, posting solid year-over-year growth in the first quarter,” says Liz Conner, manager: storage systems at IDC. “PBBA software revenue saw double-digit growth year over year while the value from storage hardware remained flat.
“The greater emphasis on meeting recovery objectives, ease of use, and the ability to tier to the cloud is helping to drive the focus on software as well as the overall evolution of PBBA systems.”
EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 56% revenue share during the quarter, followed by Veritas with 18,2% share. HPE and IBM tied for the third position in 1Q16 with 4,5% and 3,9% market share, respectively. Dell maintained the number five PBBA vendor position with a 3,2% share of the worldwide market.