WD Adds 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Device To My Cloud Product Family

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News Posted: Tue, Mar 4 2014 10:48 AM
There’s a new member of WD’s My Cloud family, and it’s designed to fill the niche between the consumer-level My Cloud personal cloud storage device we reviewed a few months ago and the more professional-leaning My Cloud EX4 (with up to 16TB of storage capacity).

The My Cloud EX2 lands somewhere in the middle and offers up to 8TB of storage. WD sells the device with an empty chassis or loaded up with WD Red drives. If 4TB, 6TB,or 8TB somehow isn’t enough for you, you can connect additional storage via the USB 3.0 port on the back.

WD My Cloud EX2
WD My Cloud EX2

What WD offers with the My Cloud platform generally and the EX2 specifically is a personal, private cloud. The device runs NASware 2.0 technology and offers RAID 0/1/JBOD/spanning modes, the aforementioned USB-added storage, cloud access, and LAN/WAN backup.

As a result, virtually any device on your network--including smart TVs, game consoles, media players, and more--can access the files you’ve stashed on the EX2, and, you can access those files from anywhere with the iOS and Android apps. Further, WD designed the platform to play nicely with popular cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, and the My Cloud EX2’s desktop client effectively provides a central management console.

Other features include a file server, FTP, backup server, and P2P as well as the ability to run a host of third-party apps such as aMule, Joomla!, SqueezeCenter, and so on. The whole platform is designed to be easy to manage and use, so the average user shouldn’t be overwhelmed by it at all.

You can get yourself a diskless My Cloud EX2 for $199.99, while the 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB editions will run you $369.99, $469.99, and $569.99, respectively.
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