If you are the kind who has to shuffle between different computers and hard-drives in order to access or store documents, photos, videos, then perhaps the recently launched Western Digital’s WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is meant for you. A network-attached storage (NAS) device, this WD innovation enables secure access to files remotely. It even provides a simplistic platform for syncing and sharing content across computers with its 4 TB, 8 TB and 12 TB storage capacity.
The product that we used for over a week for review was an 8 TB version which is yet to be available in India. In fact, only 0 TB and 4 TB models of My Cloud EX2 Ultra are available and these are priced at R17,499 with two-year warranty and R35,499 with three-year warranty, respectively. Accirding to Western Digital, all the variants available are expandable up to 16 TB manually.
Out of the box, the device, more or less looks identical to its earlier version—My Cloud EX2. The front of the body has three LED status lights for power/connectivity, bay 1, and bay 2. The matte black covering wrap around the sides and front gives an integrated and sleek look to the machine. The top and the bottom are covered in a ventilated covering to disperse heat. On the backside, there is power port, Ethernet port, reset button, two-USB ports, and a lock slot.
Basically, My Cloud EX2 Ultra has been upgraded from My Cloud EX2 with a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of DDR3 memory. This enhancement enables the machine to be faster and perform multitasks with ease. During the review period, the machine offered low latency and superior performances for both read and write activities. Overall, it was able to handle things quite smoothly without much of a hiccup or delay.
In actual use, My Cloud EX2 Ultra is easy to set up. The online user manual is comprehensive. It takes a user through all of the required steps needed to get the machine up and running. If you would like to access your documents from anywhere, anytime and on any device, you can download Western Digital’s mobile apps for iOS and Android. The layout of the apps is very intuitive and helpful. The device also features an intuitive dashboard so that the user accounts can be created smoothly; customised and storage can be monitored with ease. With MyCloud.com web access, or the My Cloud mobile app, users can access their media and manage users from any internet connected device.
In order to ensure security of the data, WD offers several data management and security features. The machine comes pre-configured in RAID 1 mode to help protect data right from the start and is easily configurable into other data protection modes. In addition, it has an advanced data serving options including an integrated FTP and Web DAV server, backup server, P2P download server and Microsoft Active Directory support.
Additionally, users can download and run a host of third party apps, including, Plex, Milestone Arcus surveillance, aMule, Icecast, Joomla!, Anti-Virus Essentials, WordPress, SqueezeCenter, and more. Users can also stream videos and photos to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA UPnP devices. My Cloud EX2 Ultra is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, OS XEl Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.
Overall, WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is an attractive NAS options for small offices and professional users because it is easy to use, has a simplistic user interface, comes with several capacity options and also provides data security and data backup.
Estimated street price: Rs 17,499 for 0 TB; Rs 35,499 for 4 TB