Lady Backup didn’t place any bets during Euro 2012, which is probably a good thing because I would have lost on my prediction for the finals. One of the things I really admire about European football is the country loyalty. But as everyone other than Spain found out, loyal fans aren’t enough to win. You need the right ingredient of skill and teamwork – all of which Spain handily demonstrated.
Luckily when it comes to selecting your backup vendor, you don’t have to take chances on guessing who the winning team is. The clear winner is EMC, according to IDC’s latest market share report on purpose-built backup appliances. To the point: EMC controlled 65.5% of the total $2.4 billion revenue and 64.7% of the total raw capacity shipped in 2011. This is inclusive of both open systems and mainframe.
So where is the next closest competitor? It’s hardly even a contest at 15% market share.
Why are more companies choosing EMC for purpose built backup transformation appliances? IDC points to the investment that EMC is making across the portfolio as a key reason we remain the market leader. EMC has a dedicated division focused on backup and recovery solutions – a division that on its own is larger than some smaller stand alone companies in this market. We live and breathe backup and recovery every day – it is the sole mission of the division.
The investment in our backup and recovery portfolio supports all key customer use cases. That includes backup of systems, applications and databases in your data center. It also includes distributed backups across file servers, laptops/desktops and remote office. It includes both physical and virtual servers, along with open systems and mainframe.
More generally, why are companies moving to purpose-built backup appliances? First, there are the benefits delivered to the backup process – shorter backups and faster restores. Next, there is the investment protection aspect where purpose-built backup appliances can integrate with existing backup applications and processes, which doesn’t require a massive overhaul to gain benefit to the backup process. Finally, IDC also points to a financial investment, both in capital and operational expenditures.
The bottom line is more people are choosing EMC for their backup infrastructure. You don’t need any sophisticated modeling to pick a winning team in this case. LB