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WD Debuts 2-Bay 'Prosumer' Personal Cloud Storage System

March 07, 2014
By Jyothi Shanbhag - Virtual Office Resource Contributor

WD, a Western Digital (News - Alert) company, has unveiled My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system that belongs to company’s “prosumer” personal cloud solutions category, designed for professionals that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.

According to the company, the new WD My Cloud EX2 is fast, easy to use and affordable. What’s more, the server's mobile-enabled personal cloud feature is ideal for frequent travelers. Customers can use their My Cloud EX2 to combine and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple (News - Alert) Time Machine backup software for Mac users.

"WD is committed to providing a comprehensive portfolio of personal cloud solutions as the need for digital data storage continues to dramatically increase," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Branded Products and worldwide sales. "With the My Cloud EX series of products, customers will be thrilled with the advanced features, high-performance and reliability that only WD can provide."

My Cloud EX2 is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices. It comes with two USB 3.0 ports on the back to host more storage via external hard drives. The unit is also preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to protect data right from the start and is easily configurable into other data protection modes.

The company is currently offering a variety of capacity options for the My Cloud EX2,  including a diskless enclosure allowing users to build their own NAS with the drives of their choice, as well as populated systems in 4TB, 6TB or 8TB capacities. Furthermore, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX2 to instantly expand their storage capacity.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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