THERE ARE MYRIAD WAYS to store your data these days, and with the average household expected to have 3.3TB by 2016, traditional computer hard drives are coming under serious strain.
Western Digital (WD) thinks it has the answer with a new range of storage devices called "My Cloud". Successors to the venerable "My Book" range of NAS home servers, My Cloud has been built from the ground up with an ecosystem of apps to allow you to access and stream your files from anywhere. It's certainly an interesting concept - why pay for cloud servers when you can have your own?
My Cloud includes compatibility with Dropbox, Bonjour, DLNA and UPnP streaming, and can create multiple backups to an attached second hard drive. The My Cloud range has a dual-core processor, USB 3.0 and a hard drive with 2TB, 3TB or 4TB capacity. Plans for a multiple bay version are in the works, which will allow configuration of a direct RAID array.
Although WD is keen to persuade us otherwise, we are still a bit befuddled as to how this differs from a NAS server with a good FTP interface. And although we'd be the first to admit that fighting with firewall ports is not a fun way to spend an afternoon, it can be done. That said, if WDl thinks it can take the pain away, then we are a bit intrigued.
Perhaps it's the use of the word "cloud" that confuses us. Let us ponder the word "cloud". Do we really have a hard and fast definition of what a cloud is? At this point, we realise that we might have had too much tea, so we will reserve judgement until we have a chance to review the WD My Cloud. µ
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