WD Targets Prosumers, Small Businesses With My Cloud NAS
All of those 4K GoPro videos need to go somewhere. WD launches new NAS devices to help consumers and small business store their growing collections of big files.WD today launched four new network-attached storage (NAS) devices aimed at two types of technology buyers: prosumers and small businesses. For prosumers, primarily photographers and other creative professionals who handle large image and video files, the company is making available two My Cloud Expert Series models, the two-bay EX2100 and the four-bay EX4100. Powered by ARM-based, dual-core Marvell Armada processors, the NAS offerings were built to provide digital media enthusiasts with a speedy content storage, streaming, management and protection platform, according to Scott Vouri, vice president of consumer marketing for Western Digital. Consumers are snapping up high-resolution GoPros and other media devices, causing their NAS and their home networks to feel the strain. During a recent press preview in New York, Vouri remarked that "4K [video] is coming out, everything's in super-high bandwidth, the network starts to get overloaded and the NAS is bogging down." Supplied by Marvell, the Armada 385 processor in the EX2100 and the 388 processor EX4100 were optimized to handle the rigors of today's media-streaming landscape. "These processors have not been out before, and they're especially designed for extremely high-performance, simultaneous HD media streaming," Vouri said.
The EX2100 and EX4100 are available in capacities of up to 12TB ($749.99) and 24TB ($1,449.99), respectively. Western Digital's Linux-based My Cloud OS is preinstalled on flash memory—which, coupled with the hardware's RAM (1GB on the EX2100 and 2GB EX4100), provide instant access to storage management and data services, including remote secure access to files, as well as enhanced capabilities provided by third-party apps.