For those of you been following the Western Digital 2015 product line, you probably notice that the company has been releasing higher-end storage solutions aimed at lowing businesses and high-end consumers. With the addition of the Western Digital My Cloud EX2, Western Digital has released a solution for people who seemingly always run out of disk space. The EX2 houses a whopping 4-12 TBs of personal cloud storage, pretty much erasing any possibility of ever running out of disk space.
The Western Digital My Cloud EX2 is essentially a giant enclosure for two massive hard drives running in RAID configuration. And the disk space doesn’t stop there. Western Digital actually offers a 12 TB version of the EX2 for costly $625, with iterations dropping disk space by 2 TB all the way down to a 4 TB model priced at $323.99. Regardless of what option you choose, the My Cloud EX2 will store more files and data then you’ll know what to do with.
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- Two-bay storage solution for your home or small office with advanced features and a full suite of apps for a truly customized experience
The Western Digital My Cloud EX2 contains two bays for Western Digital RED drives to amount to massive storage options configured to store massive quantities of data. While something as large as 12 TB isn’t needed for home use, a 4 TB drive is great for backing up photos, documents, videos, and other data. Each EX2 ships as the host of various software suites that allow cloud accessing data, making this the ultimate drive for backing up files and large-scale file storage.
- High-performance NAS
NAS is short for network-attached storage. In essence, this means that the EX2 operates as a file server that is meant to be connected to a network, hence the use of the buzzword “cloud”. Sporting a hefty 512 MB of memory in 1.2 GHz processor, the EX2 delivers files through network interfaces in blazing fast speeds. In fact, multiple computers to access the files at the same time, making this a great fileserver for low to medium, end businesses.
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- Flexible drive management options
The Western Digital My Cloud EX2 offers a wide variety of modes for the hard drives to operate. Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD modes, which all act in a different way to fully customize the fileserver to your preferences.
RAID 0 is where pieces of data are stored in parts spanning across both drives. Because there are multiple parts of each file on each of the drives, accessing files will be much faster. However, if one of the two hard drives, fails, then certain pieces of data will be on the failing hard drive, resulting in corrupted files and loss of data. The performance benefit is massive, but the lack of redundancy makes this a risky option.
RAID 1, on the other hand, is the exact opposite.. While not giving as much of a performance boost as a RAID 0 configuration, RAID 1 stores copies of the files on each drive, in essence creating excellent redundancy as the two discs mirror each other.
JBOD is a technical term for “just a bunch of discs”. This option provides neither redundancy nor performance enhancement, but rather has both drives acting as one, increasing the storage space available. This is perfect for the storage of files that users do not mind losing in case of an accident.
- Works as a backup right out of the box
A great thing about the EX2 is that it was built as a backup drive. Right out of the box, it works with either the WD Smart Ware Pro software for PC users or Apple Time Machine software for Mac users. Due to the sheer amount of storage that the My Cloud EX2 offers, it is ideal for data backup, and because it works right out of the box at doing so, users will find it easy and simple to use.
- Works as a Web server
You read that right. When connected to the Internet, the Western Digital My Cloud EX2 can be configured to act as its own Web server. This means that you can run your own FTP server, P2P torrent server, WordPress, Transmission, and other CMS Web server. This means that the My Cloud EX2 can be used to run your website from your own home. All it takes is a bit of port mapping and configuration, and in no time you’ll be using the EX2 in any way you see fit.
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- Anywhere access from computers, tablets and smart phones with My Cloud desktop and mobile apps
As long as your EX2 is connected to the Internet (it being a cloud drive, why wouldn’t it be?), you will be able to access your files from anywhere in the world. Western Digital offers a My Cloud software suite that allows you connect to your drive while on the go. Stream movies, view pictures, and access data with the click of a button, all while on the go.
- Support for external hard drives
Western Digital is always bringing innovative ideas to the table. However, never before have we seen innovation such as this. The My Cloud EX2 allows users to attach another external hard drive to further increase storage space. This is extremely useful if you’re running your own P2P torrent download server or are just looking to back up your external hard drives to the cloud. With all of this room for expansion, you are guaranteed to never run out of space.
- No monthly fees and no limits
Being a cloud drive, you would expect that Western Digital would charge monthly for access to your files while on the go. This is simply not the case. Once you have purchased the EX2 and configured it, you will not have to pay another dime. You’ll be able to access all of your movies, pictures, music, and documents all at the expense of Western Digital themselves. While it is a hefty initial investment, you will find that there are no hidden fees.
- Why should I get a Western Digital My Cloud EX2?
There are plenty of reasons to get an EX2. The My Cloud EX2 is ideal for centralizing and organizing your important documents, photos, videos and music in one secure location. Having access to all of your files no matter where you are is invaluable, as will never quite know when you’ll need your documents the most. The EX2 is also great for streaming media to connected TVs, media players, and gaming consoles. With its massive storage space and flexible options, you will be able to stream your media to any device you wish, whether be local or through a network. Lastly, the EX2 is great for backing up all of your data in the case of a hard drive malfunction. When hard drives fail, it is often very hard and costly, if not impossible to recover your data. That is why making backups of your data is always a good idea.
With its wide array of options, integrated serving capabilities, cloud functionality, and excellent backup options, you simply cannot go wrong with the My Cloud EX2. Simply spending a few minutes with the device will give you a good indication of its blazing fast speed and excellent reliability. For those of you who are looking for a backup solution for cloud solution, look no further. Western Digital has you covered.