How Symantec continues to post good growth in PBBA space



Symantec recorded the highest growth among its peers

According to the International Data Corporation (or IDC), the backup appliance market includes the following:

  • Target-backup appliances that provide deduplication storage for backups
  • Integrated appliances that include the backup software, server, and storage

Symantec (SYMC) is focused on providing integrated appliances. As discussed in the earlier part of this series, among all the leading players in the purpose-built backup appliance (or PBBA) space, including EMC Corporation (EMC), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Barracuda Networks (CUDA), and Quantum Corporation (QTM), Symantec has recorded the highest revenue growth of 50% on a year-over-year basis.

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Symantec’s vision of providing integrated appliances is paying off

The above chart shows that Symantec has attained higher growth compared to its peers. It has achieved this by offering an integrated backup appliance rather than a deduplication storage appliance. Data deduplication reduces storage requirements and is thus an infrastructure-centric approach. However, with virtualization, cloud computing adoption, and increased penetration growing at an exponential pace, it’s the information that needs to be simplified and interpreted. To solve this, NetBackup appliances with compute, network, and storage resources allow for faster deployment, lower cost of ownership, and enhanced resiliency. The key differences between target and integrated appliances are highlighted below.

NetBackup offers a single platform for data protection management

Symantec’s recently launched NetBackup 5300 with up to 229-terabyte capacity and twice the backup performance of previous models. It provides a single platform for managing data protection across the data center so that IT (information technology) organizations don’t have to acquire and manage separate backup and recovery systems to handle physical and virtual servers.


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