WESTERN DIGITAL subsidiary WD has announced a major upgrade to its My Cloud NAS drive series with a complete overhaul of the WD NAS operating system.
My Cloud OS 3 will roll out to devices later this month, and includes a number of new features backed with an updated version of the My Cloud Mirror device (below).
A new version of the My Cloud Photos app, to be called My Cloud Albums, will work alongside online access from mycloud.com to offer more comprehensive photo and video storage options, as well as direct link creation for collaboration and sharing on specific albums.
Also new will be WD Sync, a file syncing facility which allows folders to be synchronised across NAS devices, laptops, desktops and even mobile devices without the use of a third-party app as happens presently (we use Bit Torrent Sync - others are available).
The news reinforces the Western Digital subsidiary's determination to break into a significant part of the cloud storage market, but through the hardware route by letting users take control of where their data is stored. That said, synchronisation requires WD's own servers, so the issue of trust remains.
The new apps will be available in late September from the Apple Store and Google Play. Chromebook and Chromecast compatibility are confirmed. Users of NAS devices should also start to see firmware updates for their devices in the coming weeks.
The new version of My Cloud Mirror, specifically designed to be in a RAID 1 formation and therefore removing all doubt from the belt-and-braces backup approach, has an improved processor and 512MB of memory.
Prices will start at $309 for 2x2TB, up to $429.99 for 2x4TB. Meanwhile, the rest of the range will all be updated. This includes the My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Expert and My Cloud Business range. µ
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