Backup app market resumes growth in Q4 of 2012

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Worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) factory revenues posted a 9.7 percent year-over-year increase, totaling $859.5 million, in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), according to research firm IDC.

However, the total PBBA open systems market posted just under $567.5 million in revenues, representing 16.4 percent growth from the prior year’s fourth quarter.

The total worldwide PBBA capacity shipped reach 455,254 terabytes, growing 42.9 percent year over year.

“The total worldwide PBBA market resumed robust growth in the fourth quarter of 2012. Overall, the worldwide PBBA market experienced strong growth in revenue, capacity, and shipments,” said Robert Amatruda, research director for data protection and recovery at IDC.

“Long-term, we expect the worldwide PBBA will continue to outpace the overall data protection and recovery software and hardware market as customers continue to embrace turnkey systems to alleviate their backup and recovery challenges.”

EMC maintained its lead in the overall PBBA market with 66.5 percent revenue share in the fourth quarter, followed by Symantec and IBM and with 11.8 percent and 8.4 percent market share, respectively.

Symantec exhibited strong year-over-year growth in the PBBA market in the fourth quarter of 2012 while HP and IBM saw their revenues decline.

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