WD already offered a private cloud storage product in its MyBook Live network-attached storage (NAS) drive. The ability to use Apple's Time Machine backup application, just as with My Cloud, came native on the MyBook Live drive. The company also introduced its WD 2go and the WD 2go Pro mobile apps, which allow mobile users to remotely access the MyBook Live drive.
However, WD said its new My Cloud offering is completely redesigned from the MyBook Live drive, and it is far simpler to configure and use than a NAS device, which will allow a larger audience of consumers to enjoy the benefits of a personal cloud.
According to Vouri, users can get their personal cloud up and running in minutes with WD's web-based user interface.
"We have significantly enhanced the configuration dashboard," Vouri said. "This provides real-time information on what the My Cloud drive is doing and provides quick links to common tasks, for example, adding users, shares and cloud devices."
The free My Cloud desktop app is new, providing a universal navigation experience across all computers, Mac or PC. Users can drag-and-drop their files to transfer and add content to their My Cloud, Vouri said.
"Also, with the new desktop app, users can open and edit documents directly from My Cloud and those edits will be synced for any other device or user accessing that particular file," he added.
The new My Cloud OS and system architecture allows more dynamic response to queries from mobile apps, including delivering thumbnails for photos and music artwork, WD said. The mobile apps are also "smarter" about delivering content. For example, on the new WD Photos app, if you download 30,000 files onto the My Cloud, it will now tell a user that it is processing the files. "Our My Cloud app will also display this content (including thumbnails)," WD stated.
Along with new software, the My Cloud drive comes with a significant performance boost over previous drives, including an ARM Dual Core Cortex A9 processor.
The My Cloud app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. A two-drive and four-drive My Cloud configuration with greater storage capacities will be available in the future, according to WD.
My Cloud personal cloud storage is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.
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