Western Digital My Cloud NAS range gets prosumer and small business models

Western Digital has broadened its My Cloud NAS range introducing

four new devices aimed at the prosumer and small business markets.

For

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.

Western Digital My Cloud NAS

All

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.

All

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.