MyCloud Pro e il NAS cloud adatto al piccolo ufficio, con una importante capacita di archiviazione e un software davvero adatto a tutti.
Il frenetico mondo della archiviazione digitale, con cui tutti prima o poi dobbiamo fare i conti, cerca di trovare una sua nuova e definitiva sistemazione, in particolare nell’affinita con i nuovi dispositivi digitali quali smartphone e Tablet con il MyCloud Pro che recensiamo su questa pagina.
L’indipendenza da un cavo e da un computer diventa sempre di piu una necessita stretta, nonostante la soluzione di una archiviazione cloud rimanga, per diversi motivi, ancora non pronta ad un utilizzo intenso e fruttuoso in termini economici. Fuori dalla scatola il MyCloud Pro che abbiamo testato (il modello a due dischi, ma ne esiste anche uno a quattro dischi) si presenta come un cubo di colore nero, frontalmente caratterizzato dai due bay per i dischi e con dietro la grossa ventola di raffreddamento e i connettori dati e alimentazione.
Trova posto all’interno anche il cavo di alimentazione e un cavo Ethernet schermato per la connessione. La prima sorpresa arriva dalla parte posteriore: due connettori per l’Ethernet e due inserti per l’alimentazione significano ridondanza, primo aspetto del suffisso “Pro” dato al device da Western Digital, che lo differenzia dal modello MyCloud che abbiamo testato qualche tempo fa. La doppia alimentazione, cosi come la doppia presa Ethernet, permette di gestire un guasto in tutta autonomia, peccato pero che la doppia connessione di rete non permetta di utilizzare il NAS su due reti diverse contemporaneamente (nel pannello di rete non c’e traccia di questa possibilita, anche se la presenza di Internet puo essere usata anche in questo senso).
Oltre a questo restano due prese USB, una frontale e una sul retro, per il collegamento veloce di una chiavetta (in modo da eseguire una copia dei dati al suo interno) o per un secondo disco locale, dove effettuare una copia di servizio.
All’accensione il MyCloud Pro dimostra la sua forza attivando tutte le ventole e dimostrando di saperci fare con i decibel, ma e tutta finzione e dopo una manciata di minuti tutto diventa normale: per un disco progettato per restare acceso praticamente sempre, e un momento che fa piu sorridere che preoccupare.
Per il resto durante il normale funzionamento i dischi grattano un po’ nelle fasi di copia intensa, e il rumore della ventola e assolutamente accettabile per l’utilizzo da ufficio, mentre se lo prendete per il salotto forse e meglio metterlo distante dalla TV. La configurazione dei dischi puo essere gestita in quattro modi: JBOD (semplici volumi separati), Spanning (la fusione dei dischi in un unico volume), RAID 0 (come lo Spanning ma, utilizzando la modalita striping consente una gestione piu veloce) e RAID 1 (un disco di scrittura e uno mirror, per la ridondanza). Out of the box, we see that the WD My Cloud is only slightly larger than a standard internal hard drive.  A blue LED for power is the only light in the front that stays solid when it’s powered up and flashing when there is data activity. Connection was as simple as can be: Connect the WD My Cloud to our Netgear R6300 router and plug it into the wall. After making sure the network was online and able to reach the internet, the WD setup software detected and displayed the drive’s serial number and assigned IP address. The My Cloud software gave us the option of adding more users as well.  This is perfect for those of us with families or just want to have others with the rights to secured access to the NAS.
And with those few keystrokes, we are finished and ready to start loading up the drive with our content.  Before we do that though, let’s take a look at some of the user interface that is at the heart of the My Cloud personal NAS. The WD’s My Cloud desktop interface will have six tabs on top for Home, Users, Shares, Cloud Access, Safepoints, and Settings that will take the user to more customizations. The update process took about 5 minutes for us to complete (download, install, and reboot of the MY Cloud device). So I installed it using the quick guide and that was easy enough; however it installed a bunch of unneeded software including Apple Bonjour used by a useless utility showing the shares exposed by the drive and I came to realize that the remote access apparently goes through a Western Digital web server.
Ok, so I read many horror stories about earlier versions of the Firmware of this device related to the IP address changing through HDCP and the first thing I did was go into my router and assign the WDMyCloud device a permanent IP address through my router’s HDCP reservation feature so the IP address won’t change. I copied a large library of files to it and got between 10 Mbs to 60 Mbs depending on whether I was copying many small files or fewer large ones, large files appear to copy faster.
The Firmware in the drive is quite “brittle” meaning that it has a number of anomalies and bugs that may need you to reset or reboot the drive at times or to work around at times the Setup Web Pages may stop responding properly.
On my local LAN, I don’t care much about security so I have made everything public without any passwords. Next I tried to set-up the SafePoint feature on the Settings Dashboard to make a backup of the settings and data on the device. Now I do not intend to use it for streaming data to mobile devices so I have not tried any of that. Yes, all computing devices can connect to the My Cloud, including Mac and PC systems (browser and My Cloud desktop app).
Hey friends,TARDIS Box is provides cloud storage services for documents, images, files and videos upto 150GB with nothing of cost. If you had a look in the support forum of WD MyCloud you would have found out that there are a lot of user complaints proving that the firmware of that device is unstable since the first shipments in Oct. With My Cloud (single bay) each folder has a user control on it that only a particular user has access to it at a time. For My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 there is a document flow management feature – a check-in, check-out feature. The WD My Cloud EX2 is the newest addition to WD's family of NAS devices and is designed specifically for small businesses, pro users, workgroups and anyone else who are serious about a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream, and manage up to 8TB of data.
The My Cloud EX2 looks very different compared to its 4-bay brethren but very similar to the WD My Cloud (though about twice its size). Like its brethren, the My Cloud EX2 is quick to setup and the included software is very easy to use. We tested both SMB and iSCSI performance using a RAID1 configuration across two WD Red 2TB HDDs. 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 maximum latency tests, the iSCSI configuration provided the best results, registering a maximum latency at 4677ms write and only 3530ms read. In our final testing benchmark, we look at 128K transfer test, which aims to demonstrate the highest sequential transfer speed available.


Like its brethren, the WD My Cloud EX2 is very easy to use, and with this simplicity--as well as its very affordable price--it holds an advantage over other similar NAS solutions. As far as performance goes, it was expectedly a bit underwhelming when compared to others in its class, such as the DS214se, which posted slightly better results across the board as well as being bit cheaper ($159 versus the $199 price tag for the diskless EX2 model).
I liked Western Digitala€™s My Cloud network-attached storage device when I reviewed it late last year, but relying on a single-drive NAS can be risky. WDa€™s My Cloud Mirror solves that problem by putting a second drive in the same enclosure, and configuring the drives as RAID 1.A All the same data is written to both drives, so that if one drive fails, you can recover everything from the other. The My Cloud Mirror will also let you back up its contents to another storage device via its USB 3.0 port, but an even better data security strategy would be to deploy a second My Cloud Mirror (or a My Cloud EX2 or EX4, but it must be a Western Digital device) at a remote location and back up the contents of each drive to the other (you can also do this over your local network, but thata€™s not as safe as having backups at different physical locations). If you dona€™t want to go either of those routes, WDa€™s software will let you back up your My Cloud Mirror to the cloud (using either your ElephantDrive or Amazon S3 account, though youa€™ll need to pay for whichever service you choose).
Unlike a Dropbox account (or Connected Dataa€™s Transporter line), which maintain a folder on your local device that is synchronized with your cloud storage, files are stored only on the My Cloud device.
As with the original My Cloud, Western Digital is marketing the My Cloud Mirror to consumers, and this box has most of the features that audience will want. Consumers will appreciate the My Cloud Mirrora€™s simple graphical user interface, which makes this machine very easy to set up. WD publishes a number of Android and iOS apps that will help you derive maximum benefit from the My Cloud Mirror.
As we saw with WDa€™s original My Cloud and its prosumer-oriented My Cloud EX2, the My Cloud Mirror is no barn-burner when it comes to performance.
The My Cloud Mirror isn't the fastest NAS box we've testeda€”by a long shota€”but it offers plenty of features and is very easy to use.
If you think youa€™d benefit from the additional features that the prosumer-oriented My Cloud EX2 has to offer (dual Ethernet, dual power-supply inputs, and 10 licenses for WDa€™s SmartWare Pro), that box is street-priced just $18 higher than the My Cloud Mirror.
The original My Cloud is a very gooda€”if a bit slowa€”consumer-oriented NAS box, and the My Cloud Mirror adds a valuable feature in RAID 1.
WD’s Personal Cloud Storage devices aimed at home network-attached storage (NAS) users has been steadily growing since the My Cloud was first announced in October 2013. The WD My Cloud EX2 is available in four different storage capacities to help fit the storage criteria of various business and home user capacity needs. Inside the WD My Cloud EX2 retail box you’ll find that the NAS comes securely packaged in thick foam and there is also a card letting you know there is toll-free phone setup help if you need any assistance. Inside the retail box you’ll find the two-bay My Cloud EX2, Ethernet cable, the power supply brick (AC Adapter) and the quick install guide. Since we are looking at the 4TB model it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that it is populated with two WD Red 2TB hard drives. One of the really nice features of the WD My Cloud EX2 is that all of the hot swappable hard drive bays are trayless!
The front of the WD My Cloud EX2 has three blue LED lights on it that show power and the status for each drive.
Can the files be accessed by removing a drive from the enclosure and installing it in a PC? I didn’t seen any temperature measurements from the enclosure during various operations. Can the firmware of an installed hard-drive (WD Red or Seagate NAS drive let’s say) be updated when in this NAS? The rear panel has a gigabit Ethernet port, power connection port, and a USB 3.0 port which only supports connecting USB drives, not printers.
The My Cloud goes through a self-test that is indicated by the flashing LED light on the front and is ready for use in under 30 seconds. As experienced users, we normally just manually configure our network devices, but in this case we were not really sure what kind of configuration needed to be done so we just went followed what any typical user would do when installing the device.
WD suggests 10 people at most, but mentioned to us that some users have told them that they have gone beyond that. However, if an Admin does enable multiple users to access the same file, and the users are both editing a file, there is a potential case that they could overwrite one another. WD does support applications on those devices such as Joomla for content (CMS) and Git for version control. If it’s going to be an online device that’s holding your files I need to know how secure is it?
The EX2 is a feature-rich, stable, and secure network storage solution with functionality such as data serving options such as an integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and a P2P download server. If that drive fails, and you dona€™t have a backup, you could lose all your dataa€”forever.
Therea€™s nothing to stop you from reconfiguring the drives in RAID 0 for blinding speed and 4TB of storage, but that would throw your data-redundancy strategy right out the window. What it wona€™t let you do is back up a client to the My Cloud Mirror itself over an Internet connection; the client must be attached to the same local network as the My Cloud Mirror. The benefit to this approach is that you dona€™t consume the limited storage on your device.
Therea€™s an integrated FTP server, for instance, and peer-to-peer file-sharing (BitTorrent).


It comes from the factory with both iTunes and DLNA media servers for streaming media to PCs, smart TVs, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), and media-streaming boxes in your home.
It wasn't terrible at dealing with very large files (we test read and write performance with a single 10GB file), but it was considerably slower reading and writing our 10GB collection of files. The SmartWare Pro licenses are probably worth it if you have enough Dropbox capacity to take advantage of that feature, but few consumers will. WD followed that up with a 4-Bay model called the My Cloud EX4 in November 2013 for those that were looking for data redundancy and more storage capacity. All of the cables that are included are color matched, which is nice for those that don’t like to have a million different colors. The body of the enclosure is made from plastic and while it has some give, it doesn’t feel too cheap or like it will fall apart on you. WD ships all the models with a standard RAID 1 array (an exact copy of a set of data on two disks.) This means that it has 2TB of usable storage space as one drive is just a mirror of the other. This means that when a drive fails that you just unscrew the top drive plate with your fingers and slide the drive out.
There are four rubber feet on the bottom of the WD My Cloud EX2, so it shouldn’t slide around or scratch the surface you place it on. Note that neither side has any ventilation holes located along the top edge and the bottom of the enclosure has thick rubber feet to keep from scratching whatever it will be placed on. Once the device is stopped I don’t know how the NAS will behave when you want to rebuild it.
Can all of these devices be connected to one My Cloud drive, or do the Mac and PC devices need separate My Cloud drives?
The body consists of a sleek black plastic shell, with a matte inlay that wraps around from the front to right side. You will need a Phillips-head screwdriver to installed drives into the diskless model. You can then immediately start using it as a backup solution as well as shared storage space with its default three public share folders--Public, SmartWare, and Time Machine Backup--depending on which operating system you are using (the first two are for Windows and the third is for Mac). The read and write IOPS of the SMB boasted 111,899 and 74,088 respectively while the iSCSI configuration hit 92,475 and 55,980 respectively. That all said, the EX2 still does perform well enough for the targeted home use cases and at a relatively competitive price point. I wouldna€™t recommend that unless youa€™re absolutely fastidious about backing up your NASa€”and nobody is fastidious enough to avoid Murphya€™s Law. Finally, there a number of apps you can run right on the box, including Joomla and WordPress, if you want to host your own website.
Unlike the more robust My Cloud EX series, this box has just one gigabit Ethernet interface and one power connector, so therea€™s no failover protection on either count.
WD provides free basic backup software (WD SmartWare) for your client PCs, and the box supports Applea€™s Time Machine technology for backing up Macs. You can store all your photos on the My Cloud Mirror and display them on your smartphone or tablet without needing to download the images to your device. I imagine even fewer will be able to take advantage of the EX2a€™s additional hardware features. The one obvious product that was missing was a 2-bay product, but that all changed with the announcement of the  My Cloud EX2 today. All of the My Cloud EX 2 Personal Cloud Storage servers that come with pre-installed drives feature WD Red hard drives that are optimized for high-performance NAS devices. To replace the drive you do need a screwdriver though as there are a couple stand-offs and a pull tab that need to be swapped over to the new drive. Overall the WD My Cloud EX2 looks good and has some cool features, so let’s take a peek inside and see what it looks like. Upgrading to SmartWare Pro ($20 per license) adds the ability to back up to non-WD drives and to Dropbox. You can do the same with your music and videos, although your media-streaming experience will vary depending on your network connection (youa€™ll have the best experience when the NAS box and your device are connected to the same network, versus streaming over the Internet).
The My Cloud EX2 is WD’s answer to those looking for a fully featured 2-bay NAS device.
The diskless solution is aimed at the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) crowd and supports a wide variety of drive brands and models. If you are concerned with drive failures you might want to purchase a spare drive to quickly rebuild the RAID 1 array should a drive failure occur in the years to come. This means you can drag and drop files between the computer and the server as though the two were on the same local network. The My Cloud EX2 uses the same firmware and user interface as the other My Cloud products, but utilizes a different hardware platform and obviously is a different form factor.



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