updated 03:47 pm EST, Tue November 12, 2013
New unit boasts cross-platform compatibility, plus mobile apps
Storage solutions provider Western Digital today expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with the My Cloud EX4, a performance oriented four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for anyone looking for a way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.
My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customize capacities and add additional drives as the library of digital content grows, or an 8TB, 12TB or 16TB model. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud EX4 lets customers easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit, or trays. Additionally, users can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand the storage capacity of the device.
The EX4 offers multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for other options to manage data. Customers can also use the unit to back up computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software.
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 data protection and reliability, the My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.
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 the 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.
The WD My Cloud mobile app for iOS or Android allows users to view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on a smartphone or tablet. The mobile app simplifies file sharing, allowing users 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 a Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Google Drive public cloud account.
The EX4 is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and OS X 10.6 through 10.9 Mavericks. Media streaming is available to DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.
My Cloud EX4 is currently available at select US retailers and online at the wdstore.com. The retail price for the drive is $380 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, $800 for 8TB, $950 for 12TB and $1,150 for 16TB. The My Cloud mobile app is available for download from both the App Store and Google Play. The produce comes with a two-year limited warranty.