Get ahead of your data storage needs with up to 16Tb of Network Attached Storage (NAS) as well as personal cloud functionality with WD’s new My Cloud EX4 from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). The My Cloud EX4 is a high-performance, four-bay NAS for your home or small office, built from the ground up with the quality and reliability users have come to expect from WD. It offers a robust all-metal enclosure, multiple Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) volumes, easy drive installation and a full suite of applications (apps) for the power and flexibility to expand your NAS features.

In addition, the My Cloud EX4 gives users their own personal cloud, allowing you to take advantage of the benefits cloud has to offer without any of the hassles or drawbacks.

“The My Cloud EX4 delivers centralised NAS storage for your home or office, allowing you to keep all of your content safe in one place. However, the real innovation is the personal cloud functionality, which means you can access this content remotely using a variety of devices, by using the WD My Cloud mobile and desktop applications, no matter where you are in the world.

“Your own cloud means you are in control of your data and where it is stored, and if you need more space, you can simply add capacity to the device – up to 16Tb in total and no need for monthly fees to a cloud provider,” says Ruben Naicker, WD Product Specialist at DCC.

The My Cloud EX4 offers a number of configuration options to suit any requirements. A diskless enclosure allows users to easily install and hot swap to add up to four compatible drives and add capacity as needed.

The solution is also available pre-populated with WD Red hard drives, which are purpose-built for 24/7 NAS environments for enhanced performance and reliability. Features include dual network and power supply, 512Mb memory and a 2GHz processor for superior performance.

To deliver enhanced data management, the My Cloud EX4 supports multiple RAID configurations, including RAID 1, 5, 10, as well as spanning and JBOD modes. Data protection options include remote backup to another My Cloud EX4, integrated cloud backup or local LAN/WAN backup. The device includes WD SmartWare Pro for PC users and Apple Time Machine for Mac to ensure optimal data protection.

The solution is designed to be easy to use and easy to manage, with a powerful dashboard and LCD display for continuous monitoring of drives, management of users and utilisation of energy saving features.

The My Cloud EX4 enables users to stream videos and photos to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles and more, and an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P torrent download server provide advanced servicing options. In addition, email and mobile alerts keep you informed on the status of your My Cloud EX4 at all times.

“The My Cloud EX4 also gives users access to a number of award-winning desktop and mobile apps. WD’s app allows you to upload, access and share your documents from anywhere and transfer files from your public cloud service to the My Cloud EX4 directly from the mobile app. Other industry-leading apps include aMule, Icecast, Joomla! phpBB, phpMyAdmin and SqueezeCenter, which allow you to customise your NAS to meet your unique requirements,” says Naicker.

Expanding capacity is easy – simply attach a compatible USB hard drive directly to one of the two USB 3.0 expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 and instantly expand your storage. Users can also save power consumption with integrated energy-saving features such as disk spin-down and scheduled power on/off.

A full suite of advanced features include iSCSI target, full-featured FTP services, link aggregation and failover support, jumbo frame support, iPv6 ready, UPS support (USB and network), real time resource monitor, volume encryption with boot-up password, SNMP and virtual volumes.

“This product is a unique offering on the market, with a host of powerful yet easy to use features. By adding this enclosure to our portfolio we are enabling resellers to target both the SME market and prosumers with a comprehensive solution that provides capacity, redundancy and high performance NAS, critical in today’s data-driven world, along with a host of value-added features,” Naicker concludes.

The WD My Cloud EX4 is available immediately from selected resellers.