The WD My Cloud EX4 is a four-bay NAS designed for power users and small offices that builds on WD's new My Cloud platform. Unlike its smaller single-bay companion, the EX4 offers users a degree of security against data loss with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10, as well as spanning and JBOD modes. The EX4 benefits from WD's My Cloud series of mobile and desktop applications, allowing the user to access, modify, and share data on-site or remotely, while also providing the administrator with tools for remote user and energy management. As a file server, the EX4 offers a cross-platformed shared space for both Windows and Mac OS users to collaborate. The EX4 provides both a stable backup platform for machines in a cross-platform environment. Our standard StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab regimen runs the device through its paces with a battery of varying performance levels and throughput activity workloads. In our standard deviation section of the 4k test, the RAID5 SMB configuration offers the narrowest read standard deviation at just 93.16ms, while the RAID10 SMB offers the best balance. The final testing benchmark is the 128K transfer test, which aims to demonstrate the highest sequential transfer speed available. The WD My Cloud EX4 definitely has the advantage of ease of use, simplicity, and low cost compared to other NAS solutions in its class.
The EX4 does draw a degree of criticism over its performance speed, which could be a bit better compared to other similarly-designed competitor models for SOHO use.
The WD My Cloud EX4 is a solid, attractive, and easy-to-use NAS solution for homes and small offices, providing all the consumer-level bells and whistles of a larger media center unit while maintaining a modest price point. Enterprise organisations are constantly being asked to do more work with fewer people, as the size and complexity of infrastructure and applications continue to grow unabated. There is the facility to transfer files directly between cloud storage services such as Google Drive or Dropbox and My Cloud. We've already mentioned the extensive back-up options, and as well as the option for an external drive you can also use the USB 3.0 cable to upload photos directly from your phone. Opening documents in Microsoft Office was as natural as could be, and listening to music was nothing short of superb.
We're using a budget tablet and a mid-range phone to trial the Android version of the software. We were amazed to find ourselves able to start watching a movie on a moving train, but our excitement was shortlived. The GoodWorks flawlessly with a good connection, very easy to set up, feature packed with more enhancements expected. The Bad Performs terribly with slow connections, mobile client needs some work, requires a lot of troubleshooting if it fails.
The UglyIt's not a true cloud, it'll only ever be as good remotely as your internet connection - no internet, no files. Choose a populated system that works right out of the box with integrated WD Red NAS hard drives, pre-set in RAID 1 mode for ultimate protection for your data from the start. With a full array of applications and easy-setup design, the My Cloud EX4 offers a feature-rich, stable, and secure network storage solution of up to 16TB. The unit also comes in a variety of prepackaged models, utilizing WD Red HDDs: 8TB, 12, and 16TB.


The front of the unit features a central LCD status screen in cool blue, centered on a strip of glossy black finish. The calm, dark interface speaks to next-generation design and simplicity, presenting the user with valuable information without the risk of clutter or aesthetic overload. My Cloud also supports email and mobile alerts, keeping the user or administrator up-to-date on the system's status and performance.
Integrated Microsoft Active Directory support allows the administrator to easily setup and maintain user accounts and permissions. Windows users can take advantage of WD SmartWare Pro (with the 10 included user licenses) to schedule and manage system backups, while Apple users enjoy native Time Machine support.
It should be noted that the models shipped with WD Red HDDs come already preconfigured for RAID 5. The clear performer for write activity is the RAID 10 configuration in both SMB and iSCSI, pulling 645 and 371 IOPS respectively. In the first mixed profile test, the RAID10 iSCSI configuration is the clear performer, while the SMB configurations remain largely indistinguishable from one another in terms of performance.
In general, the RAID10 drives offer the lowest deviation (with SMB consistently the lowest), while both RAID5 configurations jockey for the highest position.
Here, the differences in write activity throughput between RAID 5 and RAID 10 are slim enough to be inconsequential. In all cases the SMB configurations outperformed iSCSI, with RAID 10 SMB sacrificing the lead in read speed for a clear advantage in write ability. For home users, getting a quality storage solution set up on a network should only take a few minutes after unboxing the unit, and in minutes everyone in your household can be set up with cloud storage accessible from anywhere (though if you go for the driveless model, you will also need to set up your drives and RAID configuration yourself beforehand). That being said, the My Cloud EX4's price point and quality of life features more than make up for any possible performance shortfalls.
Its answer: WD My Cloud, a NAS-like device that enables you to create a personal cloud in your home, quickly and easily. This guide is intended for companies, organisations, and IT professionals who are looking for a network and application monitoring tool that provides a holistic view of application performance, including performance monitoring, from the end user perspective. A lot of this is down to the dual-core processor, which is a noticeable improvement over single core devices.
Once the relevant folders are mapped it really does feel like an extension of your existing storage, which is what a NAS should be. While we are given several options to render videos, music comes from an underpowered player with very few features and even the odd glitch.
The performance of the app vastly improves in a WiFi setting, and the option to download media instead of streaming is certainly reassuring. Or, build your own NAS with our diskless enclosure and add up to two drives of your choice.
Building on the design philosophy of its smaller sister, the EX4 retains the My Cloud's ease of use while offering an expansion of up to 4 total bays, a dual power supply, and additional data management features. Additionally, WD offer a drive-less package for those who wish to operate their own drives (WD or otherwise), or add them a la carte as storage needs grow. Dominating the left portion of the screen is a simple view of remaining free capacity on the NAS, while the right panel provides a quick glance at system diagnostics and firmware version.


The EX4 is also a powerful iTunes server, allowing the user to easily manage and utilize a large music library.
The administrator is not only able to determine folder access, but also cap the maximum amount of storage users on the system are permitted to access. For read performance, the difference between RAID 5 and RAID 10 in SMB is negligible, while RAID 5 iSCSI solidly outperforms RAID 10 at 321 IOPS. While the RAID5 iSCSI offers slightly better average read latency, write latency skyrockets in comparison; meanwhile, the RAID10 SMB configuration offers both the best write latency and the worst read latency of the bunch. In general, maximum read latency across all configurations is largely equal, while the max latency for both iSCSI drives skyrockets over the SMB counterparts. The story is similar for read activity, though using SMB the RAID 5 offers slightly better IOPS than its RAID 10 counterpart at 5156 IOPS.
In iSCSI configuration, both RAID 10 and RAID 5 configurations were functionally identical. We hope that once Android 4.4 KitKat becomes more mature we'll see some deep integration, but for now, the WD mobile app acquits itself more than adequately.
We hope WD will fix this in a software update because watching the first 15 minutes of a film three times can get a bit grating. WD aims to make the EX4 a performer as well, with a 2.0GHz processor, 512MB onboard memory, and dual Ethernet ports (which provide link aggregation, allowing for transfer increase and redundancy). The drive bays themselves offer a sleek toolless design and allow fast hot swapping, making installation and expansion a snap.
Immediately below are four blue LED status lights, each assigned to one of the four drive bays.
Simple indicators for network activity, resource monitoring, cloud devices, user accounts, and active applications line the bottom of the dashboard, while a ribbon at the top provides easy access to more advanced utilities and applications. The EX4 can also function as a full-featured FTP server, allowing the administrator to create and monitor FTP accounts and access permissions, throttle bandwidth, manage IP blocking, and take advantage of FXP. For added security, the EX4 offers the administrator the ability to password encrypt entire volumes, allowing for controlled access. Thankfully most of the functionality is available in the main UI, so for us, it worked straight out of the box.
Below the control panel are the four tool-less, hot-swappable bays themselves (which, depending on model, are empty or come with WD Red HDDs). The unit also features a P2P BitTorrent server and HTTP download support, allowing the user to download files from the internet directly to the NAS.
WD touts the minimal effort required to change drives with the EX4: it really is just a matter of pulling a latch and out pops the drive.



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