June 28th, 2012 by Josh Linden
IDC Forecasts for Purpose-Built Backup Appliances Highlight Trends, Underscore EMC’s Dominance
IDC’s "Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares,” offers guidance to backup appliance vendors based on emerging trends in the marketplace. The report also highlights EMC dominant 65.5% share of revenues in the purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA) market. According to IDC, the worldwide PBBA market totaled $2.4 billion in revenue during 2011, an 43.4% increase over 2010.
The report attributes this growth to increased use and customer adoption of PBBA systems for backup, recovery, and storage optimization with the use of data deduplication. IDC expects total worldwide PBBA revenue will grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4%, totaling nearly $5.9 billion by the close of 2016.
IDC defines a purpose-built backup appliance 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 integrated with the backup software to catalog, index, schedule, and perform data movement. PBBA products are deployed in standalone configurations or as gateways.
In 2011, EMC continued to hold the lead in the aggregate worldwide PBBA market, holding 65.5% of the total $2.4 billion in revenue and 64.7% of the total 927,474TB of raw capacity. IBM holds 15.3% of the total PBBA revenue and 9.2% of overall raw capacity shipped, retaining its dominance in the mainframe PBBA market.
IDC’s Purpose-Built Backup Appliances Essential Guidance
IDC forecasts vigorous customer adoption of PBBA solutions for the foreseeable future, offering this Essential Guidance for vendors:
- Demonstrate the utility and value of using PBBA solutions in concert with existing data protection infrastructure — software and hardware.
- Provide nondisruptive integration of PBBA solutions to customers' existing data protection and disaster recovery frameworks so they need not change any procedures and policies.
- Support seamless data movement from PBBA systems to physical tape to support archive and disaster recovery.
- Support industry-standard interfaces, APIs, and application software to ease deployment.
- Add features that optimize storage efficiency and security and provide a more cohesive DR approach such as data deduplication, encryption, or replication.
- Support virtualized server environments enabling customers to use the same tools to safeguard both physical and virtual infrastructure.