updated 10:09 pm EST, Tue March 4, 2014
Device includes Time Machine, iTunes, Twonky, Transmission, others
Western Digital today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with the new My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products were designed by WD for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.
Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to protect data right from the start, and is easily configurable into other data protection modes. Customers can use their My Cloud EX2 to centralize and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users, and with the built-in Apple Time Machine backup software for Mac users.
My Cloud EX2 includes advanced data-serving options, including an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and a P2P download server. Additionally, users can download and run a host of third-party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla, phpBB, phpMyAdmin, Transmission, SqueezeCenter, and more. Users can also stream videos and photos to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA/UPnP devices with the included Twonky 7.2 server, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server, and built-in iTunes server.
Retail price is $200 USD for the diskless My Cloud EX2, $370 USD for 4TB, $470 USD for 6TB and $570 USD for 8TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app is currently available free from the App Store and Google Play. My Cloud EX2 comes with a two-year limited warranty.