by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud Expert and Business Series Announced

WD has announced additions to their portfolio of network attached storage solutions with the new My Cloud Expert Series, which includes the My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) as well as the My Cloud Business Series, which includes the My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay), and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay). These four new products are designed to address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among consumers.

Built from the ground up, the My Cloud Expert Series (My Cloud EX2100 and My Cloud EX4100) are high-performance NAS systems designed for creative professionals and prosumers that require a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. Both models are equipped with the latest version of the dual-core Marvell ARMADA processor to offer read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24TB of storage capacity. In addition, their data management and security features allow customers to select their desired methods for managing, sharing and protecting their files.

The new My Cloud Expert Series NASs can also be used as a digital entertainment hub to stream movies and music to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia devices, such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. In addition, the Twonky, DLNA-certified media server and iTunes server allow for streaming of large movie and music libraries.

The EX2100 and EX4100 also come with an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server for advanced data serving options. Users can also customize their My Cloud Expert series NASs to monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud dashboard, as well as use a wide range of third party apps, such as aMule, Icecast, Transmission, DVBlink, and SqueezeCenter.

The My Cloud Business Series (My Cloud DL2100 and My Cloud DL4100) are high-performance NAS systems designed with the reliability, security and scalability small business customers require. It comes equipped with Intel Atom dual-core processors and up to 24TB in storage capacity, running on the Linux-based WD My Cloud operating software (OS). WD’s new Business series gives small businesses the ability to centralize and protect their data in the workplace while providing employees with secure remote access to critical data

Both the My Cloud Business and Expert series include WD Red drives, which can be configured using multiple RAID options depending on the model. This includes: RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 JBOD and spanning modes. Users can centralize and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users, as well as with the Apple Time Machine backup software for Mac users.

The My Cloud DL2100 and My Cloud DL4100 can backup themselves to another My Cloud in a different location or to cloud services including Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. Users have the option to the one-touch USB 3.0 copy button, which automatically copies data from an external USB storage device onto the NAS. The My Cloud Business Series also provide users with a variety of business-ready capabilities such as iSCSI target and initiator, replication and file synchronization, integrated FTP, WebDAV server, SSH Shell, and Microsoft Active Directory support.  In addition, they feature enterprise-class redundancies including dual power supply ports with fail over, dual Gigabit Ethernet and UPS support as well as a memory expansion option up to 6GB and scalable storage through dual NICs or USB.

The WD My Cloud mobile app is also supported, which offers anywhere access to the entire My Cloud product family via iOS and Android devices. The WD app also integrates major public cloud services including Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive public cloud accounts.

Availability

The My Cloud Business Series is currently available now while the My Cloud Expert Series will be available with WD channel partners in March. Both series come with a 3-year limited warranty for the populated models and a 2-year limited warranty for the diskless products.

Pricing is as follows:

  • My Cloud EX2100 NAS is $249.99 USD for the diskless unit, $429.99 USD for 4TB, $559.99 USD for 8TB and $749.99 USD for 12TB.
  • My Cloud EX4100 NAS is $399.99 USD for the diskless unit, $749.99 USD for 8TB, $1,049.99 USD for 16TB and $1,449.99 USD for 24TB
  • My Cloud DL2100 NAS is $349.99 USD for the diskless unit, $529.99 USD for 4TB, $649.99 USD for 8TB and $849.99 USD for 12TB.
  • My Cloud DL4100 NAS is $529.99 USD for the diskless unit, $879.99 USD for 8TB, $1,169.99 for 16TB and $1,529.99 for 24TB.

Update: Our review of the My Cloud DL4100

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