When most of us think about “the cloud,” we think about computer storage that is far away in some secret bunker. We might also have some security concerns because our data is out there in this unknown location. Will it get lost? Will it get stolen or leaked?
Loyal readers will know that I feel that backing up your data is extremely important and yet it is something that too few users do on a regular basis. One of the best ways to simplify the process in an office, even a home-based office, is by using Network Attached Storage (NAS). A NAS box is basically a computer that has the sole purpose of storing files securely. You plug it in to your network and each computer on your network can be configured to store data on the NAS.
Some of you may be a little scared that it is difficult. For users with even basic computer skills, it should take only a few minutes to configure the NAS box and make it available to your computers. We’ve had one in our office for years now and it just sits in a closet and does its job. Our NAS box is almost eight years old so it is definitely paid for itself over and over with the security it provides.
Below is a press released from Western Digital (WD) announcing a series of new “My Cloud” NAS boxes. As these have just been released, Amazon is claiming 2-5 weeks delivery as I write this. But that timeframe could change at any time as I’m sure it just means Amazon doesn’t currently have them in stock. I also noticed the Amazon prices are currently just a bit higher than the MSRP listed in the press release. I’m guessing that will also be rectified when Amazon has them in stock.
Personally I’d suggest the My Cloud EX4100 series because having four separate hard drives provides more security should one of the drives go bad. If a drive goes bad, you typically don’t lose any data. You just replace that one drive and the data on it will be rebuilt. While I know none of you like to spend money, the cost of these drives is easily paid for should you ever have a hard drive fail. It isn’t the cost of the drive, it is the cost of replacing the data that is truly expensive.
WD® Adds High Performance Network Attached Storage (NAS) Solutions For Expert And Business Users To My Cloud® Line
Designed for Creative Professionals, Prosumers and Small Businesses, the Four New My Cloud NAS Solutions Round Out a Full Portfolio of Powerful NAS Products Built With the My Cloud OS and WD Red ® Drives
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses.
The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. Powered by the latest version of the dual-core Marvell ARMADA® processor, these two new additions to the Expert Series offer top of their class read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity.
The new My Cloud Business Series includes My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems built to provide the reliability, security and scalability small business customers need. Powered by Intel® Atom® dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity, the My Cloud Business Series runs on the acclaimed Linux-based WD My Cloud operating software (OS).
“As the market leader in the single-bay personal cloud category with our award winning My Cloud platform, as well as in the NAS hard disk drive (HDD) category with our WD Red® line, WD understands that customers need more power and more choice in NAS systems,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and Worldwide Sales. “We are very excited about our new My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series NAS products that offer the performance, ease of use, reliability and My Cloud OS that customers want from WD.”
My Cloud Expert Series
For photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals adapting to ever increasing file sizes, from RAW images and 4K video footage, the new My Cloud Expert Series products include the latest and fastest dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors for high-performance media streaming, provide up to 24 TB of storage and the ability to keep files safe, secure and accessible from anywhere. The robust data management and security features let customers select their preferred methods for managing, sharing and protecting their most important movies, photos, music and digital files.
The included WD Red drives can be configured using multiple RAID options (model dependent) including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD and spanning modes. Customers can use their My Cloud Expert Series products to centralize and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare® Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple® Time Machine® backup software for Mac users.
My Cloud Expert Series products can also serve as a digital entertainment hub, seamlessly streaming movies and music to any DLNA®/UPnP® certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV® Live® media players. The Twonky, DLNA-certified media server and iTunes® server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.
Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options. Customers can also customize their My Cloud Expert series NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Transmission, DVBlink, SqueezeCenter and more.
My Cloud Business Series
The all new My Cloud Business Series solutions allow small businesses to centralize and protect their data in the workplace and provide employees with secure access to critical data from anywhere. Powered by the latest Intel Atom dual core processor, with RAM up to 2GB, and data storage capacity up to 24 TB, small businesses have the performance and scalability to meet their business needs.
Secure access, protection and backup of data for small businesses is critical. Offering AES 256-bit volume encryption and multiple RAID options (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD and spanning modes), the My Cloud Business Series offers small businesses multiple options to secure and protect their data. Customers can also use their My Cloud Business Series products to back up all of their computers with WD SmartWare® Pro software for PC users and Apple® Time Machine® support for Mac users. My Cloud Business Series products can also backup themselves, either to another My Cloud in a different location or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. Users can also use the one-touch USB 3.0 copy button to automatically copy data from an external USB storage device onto the NAS.
The My Cloud Business Series products feature many business-ready capabilities including iSCSI target and initiator, replication and file synchronization, integrated FTP, WebDAV server, SSH Shell, and Microsoft Active Directory support. Additionally there are enterprise-class redundancies such as dual power supply ports with fail over, dual Gigabit Ethernet and UPS support. The My Cloud Business Series also provides memory expansion up to 6GB, and scalable storage through dual NICs or USB.
My Cloud Business Series products are available in several capacity options. The My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) is available diskless or with 4 TB, 8 TB or 12 TB capacities. The My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) is available diskless or with 8 TB, 16 TB or 24 TB capacities. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud Business Series customers can easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays.
The award-winning WD My Cloud mobile app provides anywhere access to the entire My Cloud product family. With the WD My Cloud mobile app users can easily view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their iOS® and Android® devices. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link and print and open files with third party apps. The WD My Cloud mobile app also integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox®, OneDrive® and Google Drive® public cloud accounts.
The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series products will be available through selected WD channel partners including retailers in store and online, e-tailers, distributors, authorized resellers and at the wdstore.com.
The My Cloud Business Series is currently available online at wdstore.com and the My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series will be available with our channel partners in March.
The My Cloud Expert Series and Business Series products come with a 3-year limited warranty for the populated products and a 2-year limited warranty for the diskless products. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at support.wdc.com/warranty.
- MSRP for My Cloud EX2100 NAS is $249.99 USD for the diskless unit, $429.99 USD for 4 TB, $559.99 USD for 8 TB and $749.99 USD for 12 TB.
- MSRP for My Cloud EX4100 NAS is $399.99 USD for the diskless unit, $749.99 USD for 8 TB, $1,049.99 USD for 16 TB and $1,449.99 USD for 24 TB
- MSRP for My Cloud DL2100 NAS is $349.99 USD for the diskless unit, $529.99 USD for 4 TB, $649.99 USD for 8 TB and $849.99 USD for 12 TB.
- MSRP for My Cloud DL4100 NAS is $529.99 USD for the diskless unit, $879.99 USD for 8 TB, $1,169.99 for 16 TB and $1,529.99 for 24 TB.
The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM.
My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series are compatible with Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks®, Mountain Lion®, Lion®, as well as DLNA®/UPnP® enabled devices.