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You've got to hand it to the hard drive storage provider formerly known as Western Digital: They're embracing the cloud in ways other traditional storage companies have not, especially with a new line of drives that connect to the internet with ease.
WD announced a new line of personal cloud storage options called My Cloud, which can easily be plugged into an existing home network and shared over the internet using an app for iOS or Android mobile devices.
Available in 2TB, 3TB, or 4TB capacities priced at $149.99, $179.99, and $249.99 respectively, My Cloud works equally well with the latest Mac OS X operating system as well as Windows 8, 7, Vista, or even XP, and DLNA or UPnP-enabled devices. Files stored on the hard drives can be easily transferred to popular cloud services such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive.
“We believe that there’s no place like home for the cloud,” explains WD executive vice president and general manager Jim Welsh. “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.”
Featuring a web-based user interface that can be accessed from anywhere there's an internet connection, WD My Cloud improves upon the company's previous generation My Book Live with the additional of a USB 3.0 port, which can be used to attach additional storage to expand the available capacity of the user's personal cloud. My Cloud is also secure, and compatible with OS X Time Machine for backups of every Mac in your local network.
WD My Cloud 2TB and 3TB versions are now available from U.S. retailers, with the 4TB model expected in November. The company also offers free companion mobile apps, available for download from the App Store or Google Play.
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