WD Expands My Cloud Family With Four-Bay Cloud Storage System
Customers can also use the EX4 to back up their computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users.Storage solutions specialist WD, formerly known as Western Digital, expanded its My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, workgroups and users looking to store large amounts of data. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, the EX4 allows customers to install or hot-swap drives 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 EX4 to expand their storage capacity. The appliance 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 just a bunch of disks (JBOD) modes for more options to manage data. Customers can also use the 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 EX4 can also back up itself, either to another EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability, the appliance also includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.
The EX4 is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online through WD’s Website, with a suggested retail price of $379.99 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, $799.99 for 8TB, $949.99 for 12TB and $1,149.99 for 16TB. All appliances come with a two-year limited warranty, the company noted.