We all know that everything is slowly moving to the cloud. We all have services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Skydrive, and many more. Yet, all of these services bring with them a lot of unknown factors, such as service quality, availability of apps, and most of all, security and where your data is physically stored.
Western Digital, a world leader in storage solutions, has now introduced its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. It is a complete solution for users to organize and secure digital content from all their computers as well as mobile devices (phones/tablets), and access those files from any of those devices, and even better, from anywhere in the world. Even better, all you need is one of their My Cloud drives, and once it is connected to the internet, the service is there for you.
True, such services have existed in the past, obviously without such an extent and service. However, what sets this apart from any other player in the market is that once you own the hardware, there is no extra cost. No monthly fees, and no control or limitations. Just your service, and your data!
“We believe that there’s no place like home for the cloud,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Everyone is inundated with thousands of digital files scattered across multiple computers and mobile devices, and controlling that chaos is a challenge. WD’s personal cloud is the easiest, most secure and most affordable way for customers to control that chaos, with access to all of their files anywhere, anytime.”
Research has shown that by 2016, every household will own approximately 3.3TB of digital content. Personal cloud storage is becoming the new standard for users to keep files, as well as share them among family members. Using the My Cloud driver, users can share, stream or access content from anywhere in the world, and feel secure that their data is safe, and resides in their own home.
“Families are connecting, sharing, syncing, and backing-up numerous mobile devices and computers in their household, with the amount of digital data being created on these devices growing dramatically,” said Liz Conner, Senior Research Analyst, Storage Systems, IDC. “Personal cloud is an ideal solution to simplify the complex issue of organizing digital files across various devices so that users can enjoy their digital videos, photos and music on all of their devices.”
Streamlined Setup and Backup
Customers can get their personal cloud setup and running in minutes with WD’s rich web-based user experience. It auto detects the drives to make setup simple for novice users. Once setup, customers can easily connect their computers and mobiles with free apps from WD. The hard drive packs in a Gigabit Ethernet connection, and a dual core processor, meaning speed will not be an issue for you. It also means that you can free up valuable space on your tablets, phones, and even your computers.
With the apps, controlling, navigating and sharing files from anywhere in the world is simple and extremely intuitive. Available in 2, 3 and 4TB sizes, there is plenty of storage for you to play with. Users can also attach a USB 3.0 compatible hard drive to this to further expand storage capacity. This gives you a future proofing as well allows you to use hard drives that already have data on them.
DLNA certified means this can also stream data to any media player that comes with the DLNA standard, as well as devices such as WD TV Live Media player, smart TVs and gaming consoles.
Accessing the Personal Cloud
The app works for both iOS and Android devices, and allows users to stream, watch, play, access from anywhere in the world. It also makes file sharing and collaborating simple and secure. You can email files, share files as a link, and print and open files using third party apps.
What is even better is that the My Cloud app automatically integrates with other services such as DropBox, Sky Drive, and Google Drive.
Price and Availability:
The 2 and 3TB versions are available at US Stores as well as from wdstore.com. 4TB My Cloud is coming in November. The apps are already available to be downloaded from App Store and Google Play.
More information can be found at the following link: