Symantec Backup Exec 3600: A Turnkey Backup Appliance Running Windows Storage Server

Hi Folks –

It’s great to see all the new storage appliances that are running Windows Storage Server. In this post, I’d like to highlight a recent review of the Symantec Backup Exec 3600 by Edward Correia, managing editor at the CRN Test Center.

Symantec’s new backup appliance is a great example of how integrated hardware and software can provide immediate solutions to the most pressing problems. Having a backup application preloaded, tuned, and ready to back-up your most critical data is a big plus. Since you know it will work right out of the box, it also gives you peace of mind—and backup solutions that you can trust are worth their weight in gold.

Backup Exec 3600


Preloaded with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and Symantec’s Backup Exec 2012, the Symantec Backup Exec 3600 eliminates complexity with an easy to use console that delivers simple and intuitive management, along with built-in monitoring capabilities. The best part is that it automatically configures default policies and settings while still providing full customization capabilities.

The Symantec Backup Exec 3600 can do single-pass backup of virtual or physical systems, with the ability to recover virtual machines, applications, databases, files and folders in seconds. This makes it easy to restore a failed server using bare metal recovery, or to restore system images into a Hyper-V guest if the server hardware fails. Symantec Backup Exec also supports integrated data deduplication across physical and virtual backup jobs, and makes it easy to setup simple replication to other Backup Exec appliances. Combined with the power of the Windows Storage Server platform, the wealth of features provided by Backup Exec 2012 make this a pretty sweet product!

Highlights from the review include:

  • Backup Exec can be configured quickly with Symantec’s browser-based setup.
  • Creating and restoring backups doesn't get much easier than with Backup Exec 2012. A powerful point-and-click environment, which was introduced last year, provides automated backup and recovery of physical and virtual systems. You can also convert .VHD and VMDK files from virtual to physical and vice-versa.
  • List pricing is around $15,000, depending on configuration. Options include pre-licensed Backup Exec Agents for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, Active Directory and Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • The CRN Test Center recommends Backup Exec 3600 for small and remote offices and departments in need of a turnkey backup and recovery solution.

The Backup Exec 3600 comes with 2 mirrored SSD drives for the OS volumes, an LSI 1078 SAS controller (6 GB/second) and three 1 Gb Ethernet ports. With RAID 5 data drives, mirrored SSDs, redundant power supplies, and battery back-up on the RAID controller, they’ve covered all the bases when it comes to reliability – these appliances are built to withstand component failures and keep on running.

With the Symantec Backup Exec 3600, you get an affordable data protection solution that makes it easy to protect servers and applications. And with 5.5 TB storage in a 1U rack-mount appliance, it can fit into any datacenter. So if you’re in the market for turnkey backup solution, I recommend giving Symantec Backup Exec 3600 a closer look.

About Symantec

Symantec was founded in 1982 by visionary computer scientists. The company has evolved to become one of the world’s largest software companies with more than 18,500 employees in more than 50 countries. They provide security, storage and systems management solutions to help customers – from consumers and small businesses to the largest global organizations – secure and manage their information-driven world against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently than any other company.

Scott M. Johnson
Senior Program Manager
Windows Storage Server