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Western Digital launches twin-bay prosumer EX2 Mycloud

More personal storage servers
Tue Mar 04 2014, 15:48

DISK DRIVE MAKER Western Digital (WD) has announced the latest addition to its Mycloud range of personal cloud NAS devices.

The latest two-bay model, the Mycloud EX2, bridges the gap between the single bay MyCloud we reviewed at the beginning of the year, and the four-bay EX4 aimed at small office 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, EVP of 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."

Available either unpopulated or preconfigured with two WD Red drives in a RAID 1 array, the prosumer device also merges many of the features of its two predecessors.

On the home side, there is a remote app for iOS and Android, to allow remote access and streaming of files, integration with Cloud storage services including Dropbox and Google Drive, media streaming via DLNA and UPNP via Twonky Server 7.2, and a built in iTunes server.

An integrated file server with FTP, backup and P2P servers is also onboard. Third-party software products including Amule, Icecase, Joomla, Phpbb, Phpmyadmin, Transmission and Squeezecenter give the unit the combination of home storage and small server functionality.

The EX2 is priced at £199.00 for an empty casing up to £479.00 for the 8TB model. 4TB and 6TB models are also available. The INQUIRER will review the WD EX2 Mycloud NAS box soon. µ


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