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WD My Cloud EX2 Now Available – See Specs, Price, Reviews and Where to Buy

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WD has recently announced its latest addition to their prosumer personal cloud storage solutions – the WD My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The WD My Cloud EX2 is designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, price and where to buy below. There is also a video review below to give you more idea about this new cloud-based storage solution.

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WD My Cloud EX2 Features

According to Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Branded Products and worldwide sales: “WD is committed to providing a comprehensive portfolio of personal cloud solutions as the need for digital data storage continues to dramatically increase,” “With the My Cloud EX series of products, customers will be thrilled with the advanced features, high-performance and reliability that only WD can provide.”

Complete Data Control and Protection
Several data management and security features allow customers to select their preferred methods for managing and protecting their movies, photos, music and digital files. Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1; JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to protect data right from the start and is easily configurable into other data protection modes. Customers can use their My Cloud EX2 to centralize and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple Time Machine backup software for Mac users.

High Capacity and Ultimate Reliability
My Cloud EX2 provides several capacity options for customers to choose from, including a diskless enclosure allowing users to build their own NAS with the drives of their choice, as well as populated systems in 4 TB, 6 TB or 8 TB capacities. Additionally, customers can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX2 to instantly expand their storage capacity. The populated My Cloud EX2 features WD Red hard drives for ultimate reliability in the unique 24×7 NAS operating environment. WD Red drives are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, improving drive reliability and protecting customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

WD My Cloud EX2 reviewsAnytime, Anywhere Access
The award-winning WD My Cloud mobile and desktop app provides anytime, anywhere access to the entire My Cloud product family. WD My Cloud mobile app users can easily view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their iOS and Android devices. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps. The WD My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts. With the WD My Cloud desktop app, navigating, controlling and sharing digital files from anywhere in the world is simple and intuitive.

Advanced Features
My Cloud EX2 includes advanced data serving options including an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and a P2P download server. Additionally, users can 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 connected 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.

Compatibility
My Cloud EX2 is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.

WD My Cloud EX2 price and where to buy

Price and Where to Buy

My Cloud EX2 is currently available at select U.S. retailers as well as on popular online stores. The MSRP are as follows: $199.99 USD for the diskless My Cloud EX2, $369.99 USD for 4 TB, $469.99 USD for 6 TB and $569.99 USD for 8 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM. My Cloud EX2 comes with a two year limited warranty.

WD My Cloud EX2 Review

The WD My Cloud EX3 review video below is courtesy of CNET.

WD My Cloud EX2 Specifications

Below is a detailed and complete WD My Cloud EX2 Specifications.

WD My Cloud EX2 Specifications

InterfaceGigabit Ethernet
Power supply (DC in)
USB 3.0 expansion port x 2
Drive bays2 x 3.5 inch hard drive bays, hot swap capable, trayless design
Internal hard drivesWD Red NAS hard drives (Included in 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB populated systems only)
Processor1.2 GHz
Memory 512 MB DDR3
System requirementsWindows® 8.1 or earlier, Windows 7, Windows Vista® or Windows XP (SP 3) operating systems
Mac OS® X Mavericks, Mountain Lion™, Lion™ or Snow Leopard® operating systems
DLNA/UPnP devices for streaming
Router with Internet connection
Supported web browsersInternet Explorer® 8 or higher
Safari® 6 or higher
Firefox® 21 or higher
Google Chrome™ 27 and later on supported Windows and Mac OS platforms
Network protocolsDHCP client or static IP
NTP client
Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
Apple Bonjour® and Windows Rally™
Jumbo frame support
VLAN (802.1Q)
UPnP port forwarding
iPv4/iPv6
iSCSI
SSH
Network file servicesOS Supports:
• Windows XP Home/ Pro (SP 3)
• Windows Vista/7/8 (all versions)
• Mac OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard
CIFS/SMB for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
NFSv3 for Linux and UNIX
AFP for Mac OS X
Microsoft® Distributed File System (DFS)
WebDAV Server
SecurityActive directory support for Windows server 2003/ 2008/ 2012
Volume encryption (256 bit AES)
File systemEXT4 for internal HDD
Supports the following formats for externally attached USB drives
• FAT/FAT32
• NTFS (read and write capability)
• HFS+J (case sensitive)
• Linux EXT2, EXT3, EXT4
FTP serverSupport port setting
Set port range of passive FTP
Option to report external IP in PASV mode
Client language selection
Anonymous FTP
Secure FTP support
Support File eXchange Protocol (FXP)
FTP bandwidth restriction (upstream/downstream)
IP address block (block access from undesired IP address)
Download managementHTTP downloads from a URL to a user specified folder on the NAS
FTP downloads of files or folders from an FTP server to another files/folders on the NAS
P2P torrent download manager
Disk managementRAID 0/1; JBOD; spanning
RAID migration:
• JBOD to RAID 1
Hot swapping (RAID 1)
Disk roaming
Array roaming
Power managementDrive spin-up/down (including attached WD USB drives)
Automatic power recovery
Scheduled power on/off
Graceful shutdown on UPS low battery
Fan control
Network UPS
Wake On LAN
Remote accessMy Cloud and WD Photos™ mobile apps
My Cloud desktop app
Web access
User/Group managementMax no. of users: 512 for Samba, 800 for ADS
Max no. of user groups: 64 for Samba, 200 for ADS
Max no. of network shares:128
Supports up to 10 concurrent CIFS connections
User/group assignment for network sharing/FTP
Quotas for groups or users
Assignment of users to multiple groups
Batch assignment of users to groups
Batch user creation
Importing users (CSV delimited format)
Backup managementRemote backups: Backup to a My Cloud EX2 or My Cloud EX4 locally or remotely
Apple Time Machine support
Backup internal files or folders of the device to other files/folders on the NAS
Cloud-based backup services
• Amazon S3 (http://aws.amazon.com/s3/)
• ElephantDrive (http://home.elephantdrive.com/welcome/wdc/)
Disk sync management for the attached USB ports
System managementAlert notifications
• Event UI messages
• UI alerts (with message acknowledgment required)
• Email notices
• QuickView pop-up messages
Network recycle bin
• Supports Windows CIFS
• Supports Apple AFP
System/FTP log (syslog client)
HTTP/S (web) administration interface (HTTP server)
Firmware upgrade
Configuration backup and restore
SNMPv2
System information
• CPU percentage
• RAM usage
• Network performance
Media streamingUPnP AV media server (Twonky v7.2)
DLNA 1.5 certification
Supports WD TV® Live™, Xbox® 360, PlayStation® 3, Windows 8, connected TVs, Blu-ray® players & digital picture frames
iTunes support
Add-on supportaMule - peer-to-peer file sharing application
Transmission - BitTorrent client
Icecast - media streaming app
phpBB - Internet forum application
Joomla! - content management system
SqueezeCenter - streaming audio server
phpMyAdmin - My SQL administration tool
WordPress - blogging tool and content management system
NZBGet - NZB file download management software
Git - revision control and source code management system
iSCSIiSCSI target
• CHAP authentication
• iSNS (Internet Storage Name Service )
• Up to 64 iSCSI targets
Volume virtualization: NAS can be configured as an iSCSI initiator and capable of mapping any iSCSI target of the other
device to be one virtual volume.
• Virtual disk drive (via iSCSI initiator)
• Max number of virtual disk drives supported is eight (8)
Power supplyAC input voltage: 100V to 240V AC
AC input frequency: 50 to 60Hz
DC output voltage: 12V DC, 3A
TemperatureOperating temperature: 5° C to 35° C ( 41° F to 95° F)
Non-op temperature: -20° C to 65° C (-4° F to 149° F)
Available capacities0 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB

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