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Backup appliance market was billion dollar baby in Q4 2014

Backup appliance revenue hit $1 billion worldwide for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2014 as Symantec and Quantum made huge gains and market leader EMC slipped a bit, according to IDC’s quarterly numbers.

The market grew three percent over the fourth quarter of 2013, and 924 PB of capacity shipped in the quarter increased 40.3 percent year over year. EMC’s revenue of $640 million slipped 1.3 percent from the previous year and its share fell from 66.6 percent to a still dominant 63.8 percent.

No. 2 Symantec continued to make gains with its NetBackup appliances. Its revenue grew 23.1 percent to $115.7 million in the quarter as its market share went from 9.6 percent to 11.5 percent. No. 5 Quantum revenue grew 33.5 percent from $17.6 million to $23.5 million and its share rose from 1.8 percent to 2.3 percent. No. 3 IBM’s revenue fell 10.4 percent to $67.2 million and No. 4 Hewlett-Packard slipped 5.8 percent to $40 million. All other vendors combined grew revenue 21 percent to $116.6 million.

For the full year, backup appliance revenue increased four percent to $3.259 billion. EMC grew share 3.6 percent to $2.03 billion and held 62.3 percent of the market. Symantec gained the most, increasing revenue 16.2 percent to $417.5 million and 12.8 percent share. IBM dropped 12.3 percent to $205.9 million and 6.3 percent share, HP fell 10.6 percent to $134.5 percent and 4.1 share , and Quantum increased 4.9 percent to $73.3 million and 2.2 percent share. Others combined for 10.6 percent growth and 12.2 percent market share.

IDC defines a purpose-built backup appliance as a standalone disk-based product such as EMC’s Data Domain or a system tightly integrated with the backup software such as the Symantec NetBackup Appliance.

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