Earlier this morning, Western Digital announced the expansion of its My Cloud line of personal storage solutions with the release of the all new My Cloud EX4 NAS. This new offering features a 4-bay design that can support up to four 4TB drives for a total storage capacity of 16TB.
The new My Cloud EX4 NAS is available as an empty unit, or can be purchased with 8TB, 12TB and 16TB of Western Digital Red hard drives pre-installed. The device also features two USB 3.0 expansion ports that allow users to connect two additional external hard drives to expand their networked storage past 16TB. The unit is hot-swap ready and features Western Digital's Easy-Slide-Drive technology.
"The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Our single drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customization capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for."
The EX4 provides users with RAID 0,1,5,10 and JBOD modes to ensure that customers needs and data redundancy are thoroughly covered. Windows customers can utilize the WD SmartWare Pro software to backup all of their PCs to the EX4, and Mac users are able to utilize all the features of Apple's Time Machine backup software with the My Cloud EX4. The device is available now and retails for $379.99 for a drive-less version, or $799.99, $949.99, and $1149.99 for the 8TB, 12TB, and 16TB models respectively.