Western Digital Updates My Cloud EX2 Drive

Data management and security features let users select a preferred method for managing and protecting their movies, photos, music and digital files.

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Storage specialist Western Digital Corporation updated its prosumer solutions with My Cloud EX2 Ultra, a two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system.

The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS is designed for creative professionals and prosumers that need to automatically sync content across computers, share files and folders and enjoy multiple backup options so they can create their own personalized digital library.

Steve Smith, WD’s NAS product marketing manager told eWEEK simplified sharing and anywhere access is very important for storage drives today.

"This is a key differentiator for the My Cloud NAS from others, as the My Cloud simple user interface and the intuitive mobile app makes accessing and sharing so easy for the end user," he said. "This is one of the key problems that NAS solves for the end user with data scattered across several devices."

My Cloud EX2 Ultra has been upgraded with a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, enabling users to get faster transfer rates for high performance and smooth video streaming.

Users also have access to 1 GB of DDR3 memory, allowing them to multitask and leverage applications for HD media streaming, surveillance and other applications.

Several data management and security features allow users to select a preferred method for managing and protecting their movies, photos, music and digital files.

Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and spanning modes. Data protection options include NAS to NAS, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup.

The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to help protect data right from the start and is configurable into other data protection modes.

"With so many more devices in the home with content on them, controlling all digital chaos and having easy to use features and anywhere access is more important than ever as we see the average household storage demands growing," Smith said.

From unpopulated to 12 TB capacities, the My Cloud EX2 Ultra provides several capacity options for customers. Additionally, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX2 Ultra to instantly expand their storage capacity.

The populated My Cloud EX2 Ultra features the WD Red hard drives, specifically built for NAS systems to provide non-stop performance within 24x7 environments.

WD Red drives are powered by NASware 3.0 technology, which helps improve drive reliability and minimizes data corruption in the event of a power loss or disruption.