Western Digital has announced a new personal storage appliance called the WD My Cloud EX4. The cloud storage solution is a high-performance four-bay network attached storage device aimed at creative pros and workgroup users. It's also appropriate for any home or office user looking for a way to back up and manage large amounts of data.
The My Cloud EX4 is available in several capacities and buyers can choose to buy the enclosure only and add their own hard drives. Units are available preloaded with hard drives in 8 TB, 12 TB, or 16 TB capacity. Drives can be installed or hot-swapped quickly without the need for any tools.
The EX4 also features USB expansion ports on the back allowing users to attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to expand storage capacity as needed. The enclosure also has several options for securing the data including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD. Western Digital ships the drive with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users allowing multiple computers to back up to the EX4.
Mac users can use Apple Time Machine backup software for backing up their data. The EX4 is also capable of backing up data stored on its internal drives to cloud services such as Amazon S3 or ElephantDrive. Western Digital also equips the EX4 with redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports. The EX4 is available to purchase now with the enclosure only selling for $379.99. The 8TB version goes for $799.99, the EX4 with 12 TB of storage sells for $949.99, while the 16 TB version is available for $1149.99.