Western Digital has broadened its My Cloud NAS range introducing
four new devices aimed at the prosumer and small business markets.
the former there are the 2-bay EX2100 and 4-bay EX4100 which are among
the first units to use the new ARM-based Marvell Riverwood processors
(ARMADA 385 / 388). These, Western Digital claims, will allow these
devices to offer best in class read and write speeds.
These two are upgrades to the existing EX2 and EX4 offerings aimed at
prosumers however the small business market is one that Western Digital
hadn’t yet got involved in. That’s where the new 2-bay DL2100 and 4-bay
DL4100 come in.
Externally similar to the EX line, the DL models are
internally powered by Intel Atom processors, with the DL2100 using the
Atom C2350 while the DL4100 uses the Atom C2338. They also incorporate
more Active Directory features for easier integration into Windows server environments.
for devices use the same My Cloud interface, which has widely been
praised for its ease of use, and they also have very similar features
including RAID conversion, hot-swappable drives, NAS to NAS transfers,
NAS to USB and NAS to Cloud.
Externally they also all feature two
gigabit ethernet ports and two USB 3.0, with drives easily accessible via
tray-less 3.5in drive bays.
Both pairs of devices will be
available either empty or pre-filled with Western Digital’s own WD Red
hard drives, which are specifically designed for use in NAS devices.
four drives are available immediately with the EX2100 costing $249.99
(£151) empty and $749.99 including 12TB, the EX4100 starting at $399.99
(£258) empty and hitting $1449.99 with 24TB. Then the DL2100 starts at
$349.99 (£225) and goes up to $849.99 for 12 TB, while the DL 4100
starts at $529.99 (£342) and goes up to $1529.99 for 24TB.