Western Digital Corporation (WD) has released its new NAS (network-attached storage) device called WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra – a simple plug and play device that gives users up to 16TB of storage across your entire network for the Indian market. The EX2 Ultra will be available in two configurations – one with no hard drives (add your own) for Rs. 17,499, and the other in 4TB configuration for Rs. 35,499.
Out of the box, the device comes in a simple enclosure and looks quite sleek with a curved one-piece gray front panel that forms nicely rounded curves on either side. LED indicators are housed on top which depicts the status of EX2 Ultra’s drives. On its back, the drive houses a pair of USB 3.0 ports along with a Gigabit Ethernet port that will connect the drive to your entire home network. The EX2 Ultra doesn’t get a power button as there’s a button on top that acts as a hinge. Pressing the button reveals a pair of 2.5-inch drive bays which are occupied by two Red 4TB hard drives. A small metal bracket holds the two devices that can be removed using a single tool-less screw.
Under the hood, the My Cloud EX2 Ultra is powered by a slightly beefier 1.3GHz dual-core processor compared to its predecessor, and also gets 1GB of RAM. NAS drives are like tiny dedicated servers, hence juicy hardware definitely counts.
The setup is pretty simple, just plug in the NAS server and connect to your home or office network via the Ethernet port. After which, the drive will show up on your home network. The EX2 Ultra also offers a slew of additional cloud-focused features if you download the software and sign-up for a Western Digital account. For instance, ‘My Cloud’ gives users remote access to anything on the drive from the web browser, or via free apps available on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
Stay tuned for our exhaustive brass tacks review of the My Cloud EX2 Ultra. Keep checking this space for more.