Do you enjoy cloud computing but wish you could deploy your own personal, private cloud instead of working through third party providers? Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud storage options are excellent and reputable, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like knowing that you have full access and control over the equipment being used. Western Digital recently announced a network-attached storage device called My Cloud, which acts as an Internet accessible cloud storage device that you set up in your own home.
How it Works
PC World reports that My Cloud not only expands your storage options on your home network like a traditional network attached storage device, it also allows you to fully access these files from any device that has an Internet connection. You have the comfort of knowing exactly where the physical location of your files are, as well as being able to control the hardware and know exactly what’s powering your personal cloud. Western Digital makes it easy to gain access to your files with iOS and Android apps custom built for this purpose.
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Western Digital’s external drive works great as a back up tool due to integration with WD SmartWare or Time Machine. Along with personal cloud management, it plays nice with other cloud storage options so you don’t have to throw your accounts out the window because you picked up this drive. Given that 17 percent of cloud storage users have Dropbox accounts, according to Information Week, this integration is a smart move by Western Digital. Pricing starts out at $150 and goes up to $250, depending on whether you go with the 2 terabyte option or splurge for the 4 terabyte. Finally, a USB 3.0 port enables the device to interface with other external hard drives.
Benefits of Network Attached Storage
The personal cloud feature is a great and necessary touch, but at its core, My Cloud is a network attached storage device. If you’ve always relied on your computer’s included hard drives and never expanded to an external in the past, you might be wondering what all of the fuss is about. Network attached storage is a way of significantly expanding the amount of space that you have available on your network. Instead of the hard drive being tied to a single system, it’s accessible to all computers and devices on a network. Some uses for this include pooling all of your media from your various devices, keeping comprehensive backups of your entire network, and easily sharing your data with other users.
A network attached storage option gives you a hassle free way to add additional storage capacity to your home network, and My Cloud makes it even better by letting you add files from afar. CenturyLink recommends having the highest speed Internet connection possible when remotely accessing your My Cloud device. Once you’ve added network attached storage to your home network, you’re going to wonder how you ever got on without it.