Backup Exec 3600 Appliance

The Backup Exec 3600 Appliance provides data protection, with comprehensive backup and recovery, in a single easy-to-use appliance. The Backup Exec 3600 Appliance is 1U high. A rack unit or “U” is a unit of measure used to describe the height of equipment intended for mounting. One rack unit is 1.75 inches high.

Backup Exec 3600 Hardware overview

The Appliance can be installed in a rack cabinet that is 19 inches wide and 100 cm deep. The physical dimensions of the Appliance are as follows:

  • Height: 8.43 cm or 1.70 inches
  • Width:  45.1 cm or 17.76 inches
  • Depth: 67.1 cm or 26.2 inches

The Appliance weighs 12.20 kilograms or 26.89 pounds. This weight is inclusive of the two power supply modules and four disk modules.

BE 3600 Core Configuration

Let’s now take a look at the core hardware configuration of the Backup Exec 3600 Appliance.

Backup Exec 3600 Appliance contains four externally accessible Serial Attached SCSI or SAS drives, with a total capacity of 5.5 Terabytes of data storage and two Solid-state Drive disks (SSD), with total capacity of 40 Gigabytes for the operating system. The power supplies and the disk drives can be removed and replaced without powering down the Appliance. The Appliance CPU is a quad-core, 2.4 Gigahertz processor with an 8 MB cache. The rear panel of the Appliance contains two USB ports and five NIC Ethernet ports. However, only two NIC ports are customer operational. NIC 5 is reserved for administrative purposes while NIC 3 and NIC 4 are currently not operational.

MotherBoard in BE3600

Now that you are familiar with the core configuration of the Appliance, let’s discuss the key components of the Appliance. In the image displayed above, the top cover of the Appliance and the Air Duct is removed. The Appliance essentially consists of:

  • A Redundant Power Supply Cage
  • An Optional BBU Assembly Position
  • Blowers for Processor and Memory
  • An Optional Slim-line Optical Drive Assembly
  • Four External Hot-swappable HDD Carriers
  • A System Fan for PCIe add-in card
  • An Optional PCI Express Add-in Card, and
  • The Motherboard

The detailed list of components attached to the motherboard is displayed on the next image

BE3600 Front Panel

Like any other Appliance the Backup Exec 3600 Appliance, comprises a front and rear panel. The front panel of the Appliance contains the following components:

  • A system power/sleep button
  • A system reset button
  • A power/sleep activity LED
  • A system NIC5 activity LED
  • A system status LED
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • The rack handle and
  • Four hard drive bays.

be3600 rear panel

The rear panel of the Appliance comprises the following physical components:

  • Two power supply locks
  • Two power supply sockets
  • Two power LEDs
  • Two North America power cords that are connected to the power sockets
  • A top cover thumb screw
  • NIC 5 port
  • A PCIe expansion slot
  • A serial port
  • Two USB ports
  • A VGA port
  • NIC 1 and NIC 2 ports, and
  • Ethernet cables that are connected to the Ethernet ports.

The Backup Exec 3600 Appliance contains two power supply sockets and two  power cords. The power supplies can be removed and replaced without powering down the Appliance. However, do not remove both power supplies at the same time. Power must be maintained to the system at all times unless you plan to shut down the Appliance.

If you need to shut down the system, be sure that the Appliance and all peripherals are properly shut down. All programs running on any devices must be stopped before the power is turned off. If you remove power or disconnect devices while programs are running, data loss may occur.

The maximum power consumption of the Appliance is 400 Watts. The Alternating Current Voltage range is between 100 Volts and 127 Volts approximately, 8.5A Max. Alternatively the Alternating Current Voltage can also range between 200 Volts to 240 Volts, approximately /4.2A Max. The AC frequency range is between 50 Hertz and 60 Hertz.

Backup Exec 3600 Appliance contains four externally accessible disk bays. Each bay holds one disk module, which includes a disk carrier and a hard disk drive.These four hot swappable Serial Attached SCSI or SAS drives have a 3.5 inches form factor, 2 Terabyte capacity and are labeled from zero through three, left to right. To maintain air flow, the bays must never be empty. A blank carrier may be used if necessary.
You can hot-swap only one disk drive at a time. If you have two drives that are not working properly, you must shut down the entire system before removing more than one drive. Disk drives must be removed in two stages; First, disengage the disk module from the slot slightly. Do not pull it all the way out. Wait a couple of minutes for the disk to spin down and then pull the disk module out. After this the disk module can be completely removed.