Users of prior versions of Backup Exec will find scant few UI similarities to Backup Exec 2012, and that's a good thing. The new version presents a greatly simplified experience and provides easier access to its power and capabilities than ever before. Pricing also is simple. For small businesses with primarily physical or mixed physical and virtual environments, Backup Exec 2012 pricing starts at $995 per server. For completely virtual environments, the new V-Ray Edition starts at $1,695 per hypervisor socket. General availability is set for midyear.