Prosumer NAS Drives from Western Digital Deliver Up to 12TB of Storage

WD’s My Cloud EX2 Ultra offers a choice of diskless and units populated with its Red hard drives that are purposely built for non-stop 24/7 operation.


These days storage is just as integral to the performance of a network as bandwidth, speed and accessibility.

Helping electronics professionals to provide reliable storage functions that includes easy access to files is the popular hard drive manufacturer Western Digital (WD). Updating its line of network attached storage (NAS) solutions the company recently announced its prosumer series of products: the EX2 Ultra series

Designed for range of needs, the line of NAS products supports the ability to configure a backup system based on the needs of professionals and A/V enthusiasts. 

“We know our My Cloud users, especially creative professionals, need comprehensive solutions as digital storage needs continue to soar, as well as the need for ongoing streaming capability,” says Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Branded Products. “With the My Cloud EX2 Ultra, creative professionals are able to combine high performance with multitasking optimization and data protection to create a NAS system that simplifies their workflow and provides peace-of-mind.”

WD says the products have been upgraded with 1.3GHz dual-core processors to facilitate fast transfers and smooth video streaming, as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory to allow for multitasking. The products also feature several data management and security options to allow installers to configure storage based on RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and spanning, as well as NAS to NAS, USB, Cloud or LAN/WAN backup. 

The line includes a range of storage sizes and configurations, including a diskless product; 4TB, 8TB and 12TB versions, and installers can also attach external USB 3.0 drives to the products' expansion ports. 

In addition, WD supports the products with its web access portal and its My Cloud mobile app. Moreover, the company's WD Sync automatically synchronizes media and files to ease the backup burden for users. WD states the products also incorporate built-in iTunes support to facilitate today's digital A/V applications, DNLA compatibility with Twonky 7.2-DNLA certified 1.5 media server integration, and integrated FTP, P2P and WebDAV server options. 

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; both schools are located in Haverhill, Mass.