updated 10:05 am EST, Wed February 21, 2007
WD My Book World Edition
Western Digital (WD) today introduced the My Book World Edition family of shared storage appliances, which offer consumers and home office workers to securely access their digital content and share it with family and friends from anywhere in the world as if that content were stored local to the user. The network storage solution features WD Anywhere Access, a new software solution for simplifying access to digital content, enabling the ability to retrieve important presentation and other documents remotely as well as the ability to back up laptop/notebook data from a remote location. Small workgroups also can easily share critical documents over the Internet or within a local network without the need for a separate FTP server.
"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."
The two models of the My Book World Edition family of shared storage appliances are compatible with wired and wireless networks and are equipped with a lighted on/off button as well as easy-to-use backup software and a unique capacity gauge LED that allows users to discern at a glance remaining storage space. Western Digital includes a three-year limited warranty and bundles the solutions with EMC Retrospect Express backup software.
The appliances feature a single Ethernet port; a USB 2.0 port to add more storage and intelligent drive management features and LED activity lights. The My Book World Edition model has a capacity of 500GB and is available for $280. My Book World Edition II, a dual-drive system with 1TB of capacity, is $500 and can optionally be configured to mirror data (using a RAID 1 setting).
The My Book World Edition family is expected to be available beginning this week at select retail stores, online retailers and in the United States directly from Western Digital.