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My Book goes global

Western Digital has introduced the ‘My Book World Edition' family of shared storage appliances, the latest addition to its line of My Book hard disk products for consumers and small businesses.

Western Digital has introduced the ‘My Book World Edition' family of shared storage appliances, the latest addition to its line of My Book hard disk products for consumers and small businesses.

This new range of backup and storage offerings lets consumers and home office workers alike securely access their digital content - such as photos, home videos and documents - and share it with family and friends from anywhere in the world, just as if that content were stored local to the user.

The terabyte (TB) My Book World Edition II model is equipped with a dual-drive configuration and RAID capability for faster data access. It also includes ‘WD Anywhere Access’ – the firm’s new software that has been designed to simplify access to digital content.

This application includes a feature called ‘Data OnHand’, which effectively makes the My Book World Edition active in Windows Explorer and Windows ‘Save As’ and ‘Open’ options whenever the user is connected to the internet.

According to WD’s press team, this streamlines access to the content for users, even if they are thousands of miles away from their My Book appliance, in addition to potentially eliminating task-heavy logging into and out of third-party web access systems. This means for example that friends and family can share digital content such as photos anywhere in the world, without the hassle or insecurity of having to upload it to a third-party web site, whilst road warrior business types will be able to retrieve important presentations from their My Book while traveling.

This My Book also operates independently of any specific PC, meaning the original host computer does not need to be powered on.

“The My Book World Edition shared storage appliances eliminate the limits of traditional external hard drives,” said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD’s Branded Products group. “Using this appliance is like carrying as much as a terabyte of content with you wherever you go and knowing that your personal content is safe at home. This new concept in storage enables virtually limitless accessibility to family, friends and associates for sharing and backup.”

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