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Western Digital My Cloud EX2 two-bay NAS launched

Western Digital has added another device to its My Cloud range, a two-bay NAS targeted at creatives and prosumers.

The new MyCloud EX2 supports two hard drives with up to 8TB capacity for all your media or other important data. As the name indicates, you can set it up as a cloud storage device (to access your media from anywhere – WD’s My Cloud app is available on Android and iOS), or hook it up to your local PC(s) for backup over Ethernet with the WD SmartWare Pro software (or Time Machine if you have a Mac).

You can also use the device as a server, for example an FTP server or P2P download server.

If the 8TB maximum isn’t enough for you, then a USB 3.0 port can be used to hook up a further external hard disk for extra space.

The NAS comes in RAID 1 configuration out of the box, and is available in either 4TB, 6TB or 8TB capacities (using WD Red hard disks) priced at €339 (£278), €419 (£344) or €539 (£442) respectively. If you buy the EX2 diskless, it retails at €199 (£163). You get a two year warranty for your money, too.

Jim Welsh, executive VP and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups, commented: “WD is committed to providing a comprehensive portfolio of personal cloud solutions as the need for digital data storage continues to dramatically increase. With the My Cloud EX series of products, consumers will be thrilled with the advanced features, high-performance and reliability that only WD can provide.”