by Anton Shilov
11/12/2013 | 10:06 PM
Western Digital Corp. 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. 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, customization capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups.
My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customize their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8TB, 12TB or 16TB 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 compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity.
My Cloud EX4 is based on WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, which powered by NASware 2.0 technology that 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 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.
My Cloud EX4 serves as a home’s 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. 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.
Customers can also customize their NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud EX4 dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!, phpBB, phpMyAdmin and SqueezeCenter. My Cloud EX4 can be accessed using WD My Cloud mobile app. Besides, it is compatible with Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.
My Cloud EX4 is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online at the wdstore.com. MSRP is $379.99 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, $799.99 for 8TB, $949.99 for 12TB and $1149.99 for 16TB. 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.