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Symantec fuels double-digit backup appliance revenue growth

Backup appliance revenue increased for the second straight quarter, with Symantec making up more than one-third of the Backup appliance revenue increased for the second straight quarter, with Symantec making up more than one-third of the gains according to the latest gains according to the latest IDC numbers.

Backup appliance revenue increased 11.2 percent year-over-year to $789.2 million in the third quarter of 2014. That follows an 8.5 percent year-over-year increase in the second quarter of 2014 and a 2.5 percent decline in the first quarter.

The market that IDC classifies as purpose-built backup appliances includes disk targets that require separate backup software and appliances with backup software integrated. EMC’s Data Domain is an example of the first category with Symantec’s NetBackup appliances an example of the integrated systems.

NetBackup appliances made solid gains last quarter, as Symantec revenue grew 37.9 percent year over year. Symantec remains a distant second behind EMC, but its market share ticked up from 10.4 percent last year to 12.9 percent. EMC revenue grew 7.2 percent but it lost share from 64.8 percent to 62.5 percent. Symantec revenue grew from $74.1 million in the third quarter of 2013 to $102.2 million in the same quarter this year. That $26.1 million gain made up a good chunk of the $79.7 million increase of the overall market.

EMC and Symantec were the only vendors with more than 10 percent market share. IBM remained third with $50.6 million and dropped 14.7 percent year-over-year. No. 4 Hewlett-Packard took a 17 percent hit to $26.2 million. Quantum increased 28.9 percent to $20.5 million and grew revenue share from 2.2 percent to 2.6 percent, passing Barracuda Networks to move into fifth place.

The rest of the market – “others” in IDC’s list – grew 40.6 percent to $86.4 million and 12.2 percent market share.

IDC said capacity shipped hit 687,474 TB, up 81.5 percent from last year. Open systems revenue increased 12.9 percent while mainframe revenue dropped 1.1 percent.

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