Review: Symantec Backup Exec 3600


 

Symantec Backup Exec

 

Creating and restoring backups doesn't get much easier than with Backup Exec 2012. This powerful point-and-click environment introduced last year provides automated off-premise backup and recovery of physical and virtual systems running Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. To create a backup set, simply select a type, source, destination and frequency/schedule. A "Test Run" button confirms the job will run properly. Color-coded status bars indicate the health of running jobs.

 

Recovery options include creation of bootable ISOs for bare-metal recovery from CD, DVD or USB. Image formats include Microsoft's .VHD, VMware's .VMDK and Symantec's own .BKF, any of which can be located on a local volume, network share or tape/disk devices managed by Backup Exec. The tool also can convert .VHD and VMDK files from virtual to physical and vice versa. Backup Exec 3600 also can replicate images to other 3600 appliances, the cloud (through the included Nirvanix plug-in) or to a Managed Backup Exec Media Server when using Symantec's Backup Exec 3600 Total Protection Suite or Central Admin Server Option.

The 3600 spec sheet lists a Xeon-based quad-core 1U server with 16 GB of RAM running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 x64 on two 80-GB SDDs in a RAID 1 configuration. It's built on an Intel S3420GPRX motherboard, and delivers five Gigabit Ethernet ports (three for production), an LSI 1078 SAS controller, hot-swap hard drives and power supplies and an external SAS port. The tested unit contained four 2-TB HDDs configured as RAID 5, which yielded a 5.5-TB block-level dedupe storage pool. List pricing is around $15,000 depending on configuration, and includes options for pre-licensed Backup Exec Agents for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, Active Directory, Lotus Notes, Oracle, and VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines. For small and remote offices and departments in need of a turnkey backup and recovery solution, the CRN Test Center recommends Backup Exec 3600 from Symantec.

PUBLISHED AUG. 15, 2013