WD (Western Digital), a storage solutions company has introduced WD My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.
[Susan Chong (left), Sales Manager, Branded Products, WD Malaysia and Albert Chang, Senior Regional Marketing Manager, WD APAC Branded Marketing addressing questions asked by the media.]
Featuring WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, these drives are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, which improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability.
WD My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customize their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB model1. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, WD My Cloud EX4 allows customers to easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays. Additionally, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the WD My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity.
WD My Cloud EX4 arms users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for even more options to manage data. Customers can also use their WD My Cloud EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data. The WD My Cloud EX4 can also backup itself, either to another WD My Cloud EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability the WD My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.
WD My Cloud EX4 also serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, configurable for up to 16 TB of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. The Twonky 7.2, DLNA-certified 1.5 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 for WD My Cloud EX4 users.
Customers can customize their NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the WD My Cloud EX4 dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!, phpBB, phpMyAdmin and SqueezeCenter.
In Malaysia, WD My Cloud EX4 is distributed by Amble Action Sdn Bhd. MSRP is RM1,359 for the drive-less WD My Cloud EX4, RM2,699 for 8 TB, RM3,259 for 12 TB and RM3,999 for 16 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.
WD My Cloud EX4 comes with a two year limited warranty. It is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.