WD has announced the WD My Cloud EX4, a new personal storage application. The new cloud storage is a high performance and 4 bay network attached storage device that is aimed at workgroup and pros users. The storage system is ideal for home or office users who are looking for a way to manage and backup large amounts of data.

My Cloud EX4 is available in several capacities and the users can purchase the enclosure only and then make use of their own hard drives. The units are available with preloaded hard drives with capacities of 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB. Personal drives can be hot-swapped or installed easily and quickly without the need of any tool.

The device also features a USB expansion port on the back, which allows users to attach compatible USB hard drives to increase the storage capacity. The enclosure provides you with several options for securing data including JBOD as well as RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. The device is shipped together with WD SmartWare Pro software, which allows multiple PC users to back up to the My Cloud EX4.

Mac users are also able to use the Apple Time Machine backup software for data backups. The My Cloud EX4 device is capable of backing up data from internal drives to cloud services such as ElephantDrive or Amazon S3. The device is currently available for sale at a cost of $379.99 for the enclosure, 8TB version for $799.99, 12 TB versions for $949.99 and the 16 TB versions for $1149.99.

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