Simplify backup to the cloud with Backup Exec 3600, a new appliance from Symantec. In a nutshell, it's a turnkey implementation of the company's Backup Exec 2012, a powerful point-and-click environment introduced last year for automated off-premises backup and recovery of physical and virtualized environments running Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The 3,600 spec sheet lists a Xeon-based quad-core 1U server with 16 GB of RAM running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 x 64 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), and an LSI 1078 SAS controller hooked to four 2-TB HDDs configured as RAID 5. This yields a 5.5-TB dedupe storage pool. There are also hot-swap power supplies and an external SAS port.