WD expands My Cloud family

Backup specialist releases four-bay personal-cloud storage with NAS features

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WD expands My Cloud family My Cloud EX4 features the WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  January 7, 2014

Storage vendor WD today expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution aimed at creative professionals and workgroups.

"The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups.

"Our single-drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customisation capabilities and capacity that many of our customers are looking for."

My Cloud EX4 features the WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems. WD Red drives are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, which is designed to enhance drive reliability and protect data in the event of power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, balance-control technology that "significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability" according to WD.    

My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, including a drive-less enclosure that allows capacity customisation. Standard capacities available are 8TB, 12TB and 16TB.

EX4 also features RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and users can select from spanning and JBOD modes for other options to manage data. EX4 drives can back up multiple devices simultaneously through WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can use Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data. The My Cloud EX4 can also backup itself, either to another My Cloud EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive.

My Cloud EX4 is also designed to serve as a home digital entertainment hub, configurable for up to 16TB of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players.

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