WD My Cloud NAS drives support for intense home media storage


The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business series of NAS drives provide dealers a choice of network attached storage solutions that can support residential and small businesses’ need for fast and reliable storage products.

Whether it’s thousands of music files, home videos, photos, or large and mission-critical documents, network storage is an important issue for home and business owners.

Supporting both markets’ ability to backup and store valuable family memories and revenue-producing documents is the Irvine, Calif.-based company Western Digital (WD). Western Digital’s newly announced My Cloud Export Series and My Cloud Business Series of network attached storage (NAS) products are designed to provide both markets a choice of high-performance storage solutions that can handle a variety of file types.

The new lines were developed to meet the increasing need for local easy-to-access, reliable high capacity storage solutions.

“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,” says Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD content solutions business and worldwide sales, Western Digital. “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.”

The My Cloud Expert Series includes the two-bay My Cloud EX2100 and four-bay My Cloud EX4100 models that are powered by dual-core Marvel ARMADA processors and provide up to 24TBs of storage. The My Cloud Business Series offers a similar choice—-the two-bay My Cloud DL2100 and the four-bay MyCloud DL4100 products, but these products utilize dual-core Intel Atom processors, and are bolstered by the company’s Linux-based WD My Cloud OS.

According to the company, the My Cloud Expert Series can be used for a variety of applications, including professional jobs, prosumer and robust home networks, and the products include the ability to manage sharing and protection capabilities for content such as 4K video, photos, music and other digital files. The products including Red Drives offer RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD and spanning modes.

WD adds that dealers can set the iTunes, Twonky and UPnP/DLNA-compliant drives up to centralize and backup via its SmartWare Pro software for PC users. It can also be used to serve as a Time Machine backup option for Apple computers for the easy streaming of movies, music and other content.

The My Cloud Business Series incorporate up to 2GBs of RAM, along with AES 256-bit encryption and RAID 0,1, 5, 10, JBOD and spanning modes. Like the Expert Series, the Business Series can also be used by PC owners with its SmartWare Pro software to backup files, and by Mac owners to backup via Apple’s Time Machine option. Additionally, can also back themselves up to another My Cloud in a different location or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive.



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