March 4th, 2014 by Lyle Smith
WD My Cloud EX2 Now Available
WD has announced the My Cloud EX2, the newest addition to their line of personal cloud storage devices, offering a feature-rich, stable, and secure network storage solution of up to 8TB. The EX2 is designed specifically for small businesses, pro users, workgroups and anyone else looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. While the previous models--the My Cloud and My Cloud EX4--were 1- and 4-bay respectively, the EX2 finds middle ground as a 2-bay NAS, which is virtually the only difference between the other two My Cloud versions.
Like its brethren, the EX2 supports multiple storage options and configurations, including RAID 0 and 1, RAID Online Migration, RAID Disk and Array Roaming, Flex-RAID (creates different sized RAID configurations); populated models come configured in RAID 1. The My Cloud EX2 features the WD Red line of hard drives, which are specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, though the EX2 is compatible with other hard drives from other vendors. Users will be able to protect their data with remote backup to another My Cloud EX2 or My Cloud EX4, integrated cloud backup or LAN/WAN backup. Additionally, the EX2 supports WD SmartWare Pro for PC users and is Apple Time Machine compatibility for Mac users.
My Cloud EX2 features advanced data serving options such as an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and a P2P download server. Users may also 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 their 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.
Specifications of the My Cloud EX2:
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Power supply (DC in)
- USB 3.0 expansion port x 2
- Interface: 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB System Memory
- Design: Each model has a different look.
- Connectivity: 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Power Ports
- Capacity: 0, 4, 6, 8TB
- RAID: RAID 0, RAID 1
- Compatibility: Windows, Mac, (iOS, and Android for Mobile Apps)
- Software: WD SmartWare 2.0 Pro for Windows (10 user license), WD QuickView for Windows and Mac, WD My Cloud (Desktop) for Windows and Mac
Availability and Pricing
The My Cloud EX2 is now available at select U.S. retailers and online at the wdstore.com in capacities of 4TB ($369.99), 6TB ($469.99) and 8TB ($569.99) as well as a diskless model for $199.99. The WD My Cloud mobile app is also currently is available for download for free from the App Store and GooglePlay and comes with a two year limited warranty.