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Purpose-built backup appliance market declines

Vendor revenue from purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA) in EMEA declined by 12% year over year to reach $191 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker.

In the same period, total capacity shipped reached 235PB, an increase of 5% from 1Q16. Growth mainly came from open systems products, with capacity increasing 11% year on year.

Even so, total EMEA PBBA open systems vendor revenue decreased 11% year on year in the quarter, to $178 million. Mainframe system sales increased 23% year on year in 1Q17.

Jimena Sisa, IDC senior analyst, European storage research, said: “As European organisations modernise their data protection infrastructures, they are solving the backup performance problem through investment in different storage technologies, such as purpose-built backup appliances.

“Companies’ main objective when approaching the infrastructure refresh cycle is to save costs. Those companies that have decided to renew their disaster recovery solutions using backup appliances as the primary driver have done so due to the benefits that PBBA provides in terms of controlling expenditure, as they can extend organisations’ existing investment and data protection hardware and software without having to change.”

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