WD Launches New Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices Designed for Photographers and Other Creative Professionals

WD (Western Digital) has launched four new network attached storage (NAS) devices including the new My Cloud Expert Series, which is aimed at photographers and other creative professionals. NAS devices, which connect to a home or studio network and allow multiple users to access, manage and stream stored files, have become an increasingly popular storage solution for photographers.

The new My Cloud Expert Series includes the My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) NAS systems, which are designed to save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. The new EX-series NAS devices are powered by the latest version of the dual-core Marvell ARMADA processor. According to WD, these two new additions to the Expert Series offer top of their class read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity.

WD also announced the new My Cloud Business Series this morning, which includes the My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) NAS systems, and are designed for small businesses. These NAS devices are powered by Intel Atom dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity. The My Cloud Business Series runs on the Linux-based WD My Cloud operating software (OS).

The My Cloud Expert Series are aimed more at photographers and videographers who might be handling huge RAW image files and 4K video footage and need the faster throughput and processing speed of the Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors.

The included WD Red drives used in these NAS devices can be configured using multiple RAID options (depending on the NAS model) including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 JBOD and spanning modes. Users can employ their My Cloud Expert Series products 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.

The WD My Cloud Expert Series NAS devices can also serve as a digital entertainment hub to steam movies and music to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device including gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. The Twonky, DLNA-certified media server and iTunes server are designed to make it simple to stream large movie and music libraries.

The new WD NAS products are available now for the following prices:

My Cloud EX2100 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

MSRP for My Cloud EX2100 NAS is $249.99 USD for the diskless unit, $429.99 USD for 4 TB, $559.99 USD for 8 TB and $749.99 USD for 12 TB.

My Cloud EX4100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud EX4100 NAS is $399.99 USD for the diskless unit, $749.99 USD for 8 TB, $1,049.99 USD for 16 TB and $1,449.99 USD for 24 TB

My Cloud DL2100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud DL2100 NAS is $349.99 USD for the diskless unit, $529.99 USD for 4 TB, $649.99 USD for 8 TB and $849.99 USD for 12 TB.

My Cloud DL4100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud DL4100 NAS is $529.99 USD for the diskless unit, $879.99 USD for 8 TB, $1,169.99 for 16 TB and $1,529.99 for 24 TB.

The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play.

More info here.