My Cloud’s four-bay personal Cloud system

My Cloud’s four-bay personal Cloud system

Jan 27, 2014

27 January 2014 ~ Western Digital company WD has expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.

“The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive,” says 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 capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for.”

Featuring the category leading WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, My Cloud EX4 customers enjoy ultimate reliability from the trusted name in storage. WD Red drives are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, which improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability.

My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customise their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB model. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud EX4 allows customers to easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays. Additionally, customers can attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drive to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity.

Anamika Budree, WD Branded Sales Manager – South Africa, says: “The explosion of digital content is driving the need for NAS devices in the local market and the release of My Cloud EX4 is addressing this local demand. Many tech-savvy users that store Terabytes (TB) of digital content face the challenge of having to continually add more storage capacity, often through a variety of devices that leave this content dispersed.  This device enables users to scale by adding more WD Red hard drives that are engineered for NAS enclosures, allowing them to store their ever-growing repository of movies, photo’s music, work documents and more in a single storage device.”

Ultimate data protection
My Cloud EX4 arms users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for even more options to manage data. Customers can also use their My Cloud EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilize all the features of 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. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability the My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.

Advanced streaming, serving
My Cloud EX4 serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, configurable for up to 16 TB 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. The Twonky 7.2, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server and iTunes server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.  Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options for My Cloud EX4 users.

Anywhere access to My Cloud EX4
Available for iOS and Android devices, the WD My Cloud mobile app allows users to view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple and secure, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps. The My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts[2].

Price and availability
My Cloud EX4 is currently available at select retailers and online at the wdstore.com. MSRP is R4 399.00 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, R9 399.00 for 8 TB, R10 999.00 for 12 TB and R13 799. 00 for 16 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store  and Google Play. My Cloud EX4 comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Compatibility
My Cloud EX4 is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.