ASUSTOR Launches Powerful High-Capacity AS6208T and AS6210T

ASUSTOR launched two new high-capacity enterprise-class NAS units, the AS6208T and the AS6210T. The only difference between the two units is that one has 8 drive bays and the other one has 10 drive bays. They are powered by an Intel Celeron (Braswell) 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with Boost speeds up to 2.24GHz. This is backed by 4GB dual-channel DDR3L memory which is expandable.

This is a great base for a powerful system that comes with hardware encryption support and 4K capabilities. All that power can be connected through the four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports for a read and write performance up to 398 MB/s and 355 MB/s respectively in a RAID 5 setup.

There are plenty of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as two eSATA ports. With that amount of extra ports, you can expand the systems even further than with the 8 and 10 internal bays that each support up to 8TB drives.

It’s probably unlikely that a system like this will be used for as a multimedia hub, although it would be perfectly suitable for it. Instead, it is much more likely to be used for surveillance tasks. It is well equipped for both scenarios with its direct usage ability. It features both an HDMI 1.4b connector and an S/PDIF audio link.

As with all other ASUSTOR NAS units, these two new ones come with a 3-year warranty and a suggested retail price of $999 for the AS6210T and $899 for the AS6208T. That’s actually not bad at all.

Key Hardware Specifications

  • Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.24GHz)
  • Read Speed of up to 398+ MB/s and Write Speed of up to 355+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 5 Configurations
  • 4GB Built-in Dual-Channel DDR3L High Speed Memory (Expandable up to 8GB, 4GB x2)
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Front of Device: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port
  • Back of Device: 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports, 2 x eSATA Ports
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Audio Output Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports RAID Volume Management: Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10, RAID 0/1/5/6/10+Hot Spare
  • Supports Hot Swappable Hard Disks
  • Disk Tray Locks
  • LCD Panel
  • Supports Largest Capacity Hard Disks on the Market (8TB)
  • Smart Fan Temperature Control

The AS6208T and AS6210T both come built-in with the latest ADM 2.5.4 firmware providing RAID data protection, high-grade AES-NI hardware encryption technology, a 256-bit data encryption mechanism, firewall, network defender, antivirus software for installation and other safety mechanisms to keep data safe and secure. But you will be able to upgrade to the newest firmware very soon as ADM 2.6 is scheduled to be released in April.

Key Software Specifications for ADM 2.6

  • Seamless Cross-Platform File Access (Windows, Mac, Unix-Like Operating Systems)
  • Virtualization Support: Citrix, Hyper-V, VMware (NFS)
  • Scheduled and Automatic iSCSI LUN Snapshots
  • Virtual Machine Support with VirtualBox (ASUSTOR Portal and ADM Web Interface)
  • Comprehensive Backup Solutions (Public Cloud, Local Device, PC, Mobile Devices)
  • Integrates Windows AD, Windows ACL Permissions and Batch Importation of Accounts
  • SNMP Network Management Protocol Support
  • Instant System Event Notifications (Email, SMS or Push Notification)
  • Supports 3-Step Seamless System Migration
  • Supports Online Capacity Expansion and RAID Level Migration
  • Supports N-1 MyArchive Hard Disks with Encryption and Binding of USB Devices as Encryption Keys
  • Newly Added File System Support for MyArchive (EXT4, NTFS, HFS+) Increases Compatibility of MyArchive
  • Disks.
  • Remote Access via Cloud Connect Technology
  • App Central App Repository Features Rich Variety of Apps for Multimedia, Business Productivity and More.
  • Surveillance Center Supports up to 25 Camera Channels

Seagate NAS 8TB (ST8000VN0002) Hard Disk Drive Review

Introduction


Just as you wouldn’t use a low-end graphics card for high-end usage, you shouldn’t use the wrong hard disk drive in your storage system either. There is a reason for every product and you should always pick the one suited for the task at hand, especially when you deal with your storage. Today I’m taking a closer look at Seagate’s impressive 8TB NAS HDD and we will take a look at how well it performs.

As said, when you pick your storage, you need to pick the right one for the task and not just grab anything you can find. This is particularly important when we talk about systems that have to run continuously and in environments with a lot of drives closely packed together. The Seagate NAS HDD goes beyond the standard desktop drives in this regards as it is built exactly for these scenarios.

Vibrations can damage your drives and the can also have a direct impact on your drives speed, and the more drives you install close to each other, the more vibrations you’ll get. The Seagate NAS HDDs are rated for usage in systems with up to 8 bays which gives you an impressive raw capacity of 64TB. The Dual-plane balance system enhances drive performance in aggressive NAS workloads for better vibration tolerance.

The Seagate NAS 8TB drive comes packed with 256MB cache, which is double that of the 6TB model. It uses the default SATA3 6GB/s interface that makes it compatible with pretty much any NAS system. The performance isn’t without either as it comes with a rating of 150 IOPS and above and a sustained sequential read performance up to 230MB/s, an exceptional performance for a mechanical drive. The pure capacity is pretty nice too considering the default 3.5-inch form factor and it has an areal density of 1333Gb per square inch. The average seek read and write latencies are rated to be 8.5ms and 9.5ms, or lower. The whole thing is rounded off with an 180TB per year workload rating, a 1 million hour mean time before failure, and a 3-year warranty.

The great performance comes from Seagate’s years of experience that the put into the hardware and also the firmware that controls the drive. NASWorks is optimized for use as storage drives and it has been tuned to deliver higher performance, a better reliability and interoperability with popular NAS enclosures, and it has the RAID Recovery feature that prevents the NAS from a full RAID rebuild if the RAID degrades. Extended error recovery controls correct data without the need for full drive rebuilds.

Performance isn’t everything, but as we’ve seen above, that part is well covered. There are two further factors that need to be considered before you decide which drives to use: Acoustics and power consumption. A drive that consumes a lot of power can quickly drive up the total cost of ownership and it’s also bad for the environment. The Seagate NAS 8TB drive has an average power consumption of 9W during active operations and an idle power consumption of 7.2W. When in sleep or standby mode, the drives will consume as little as 0.6W. The 8TB NAS HDD doesn’t make much noise either and is rated for just 2.6 bels during operation and 2.5 bels when idle.

Seagate also offers the optional +Rescue Data Recovery Services for extra peace of mind. With this extra service, Seagate has your back and can recover the data from a possible failed drive. Whether the error is due to mechanical failure or accidental damage, most data can be recovered when done right. It is a fast and easy recovery process where your data can be restored in 15 days or less. This is also a field that Seagate is very successful in with an approximately 90% success rate in data recovery.

So if you need drives for backup and disaster recovery, multimedia server and storage, file and print server sharing, archival, remote access, virtualization, or a private cloud storage, then this might be just the right drive for you.

Feature Highlights

  • 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1TB capacity options
  • Seagate NAS HDDs are built and tested to provide industry-leading performance for small NAS systems.
  • NASWorks technology supports customised error recovery controls, power management and vibration tolerance for optimal performance and reliability with workloads up to 180TB/year workload rate limit (WRL).
  • NAS error recovery controls optimise drive health by helping to ensure drives are not dropped from the NAS and sent into a RAID rebuild.
  • Improved vibration tolerance and emission in multi-drive systems with dual plane balance.
  • Advanced power management supports multiple power profiles for lowpower, 24×7 performance.
  • Quiet drive operation enhances the customer experience in living room or office environments.
  • Optional 3-year Rescue recovery service plan protects against data loss from viruses, software issues, or mechanical and electrical breakdowns in a NAS or RAID environment.

Specifications

Package and Accessories

Seagate Releases Largest Consumer NAS HDD Yet

Even with SSDs driving the news cycle more and more, HDDs are still around and kicking. One of two major HDD firms Seagate has just launched their highest capacity NAS HDD with a whopping 8TB of storage space. The drive is oriented towards NAS users with NAS-specific features and RAID and comes with a 3-year warranty.

With 8TB of capacity, the new drive will be perfect for the home NAS in creating a personal cloud or simply for mass multimedia storage. Another major market is the burgeoning SOHO segment as more and more people start running small business’s and working from home.

The drive operates at the standard 7200rpm without resorting any exotic methods like helium fill. Using standard PMR (parallel magnetic recording), it packs 1.33TB per platter with a total of 6 platters. This backed up by 256MB of DRAM cache and connected over an SATA 3 interface, not the SAS commonly used by enterprise. Peak transfer rate should be about 216MB/s though that is a best case scenario unlikely to be encountered in real life. The rest of the lineup includes 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB and 6TB drives for those that don’t need such a massive drive. the only problem for such a large drive is backing up and restoring in case of drive failure.

Thecus Adds Seagate 8TB Enterprise HDDs to Official Compatibility List

Thecus announced the addition of Seagate’s impressive 8TB Enterprise 3.5-inch hard disk drives to its official compatibility list. By incorporating Seagate’s 8TB HDD, Thecus NAS users will be able to maximize storage capacity while experiencing enhanced performance and reliability.

Hard drives aren’t just hard drives and there is a lot of difference in them and it’s quite important to pick one that is suited for your task, especially when your dealing with mission critical data. The Seagate 8TB Enterprise HDDs boast the industry’s best response times and are on their own over 100% faster than their own previous generation. These drives are naturally designed to support 24/7 performance and can stand up to a workload of 550TB per year. Other advanced technologies including PowerBalance, PowerChoice, and Raid Rebuilt enables users to customize their big data requirements and optimize TCO.

“Providing compatibility to new, cutting-edge technologies is essential to Thecus and allows users to utilize the best the industry has to offer with their Thecus NAS,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp. “Pairing the 8TB Seagate Enterprise 3.5 Hard Drives with Thecus NAS empower organizations using big data with a reliable, high-capacity storage solution.”

The drives are available as both SAS 12Gbps, SAS 6Gbps, and SATA 6Gbps versions, allowing you to make the right choice depending on what Thecus NAS you might be running. You can check out the full compatibility list for your Thecus model on the official website.

Seagate Announces Three New 8TB Hard Disk Drives

Seagate announced that not one but three new 8TB hard disk drives have been added to their portfolio. The three new drives are from the Seagate Enterprise Capacity, Seagate Enterprise NAS, and Seagate Kinetic HDD series and all got the 8TB upgrade. While these aren’t the first 8TB drives, they are worth a closer look as they’re a force in themselves.

The first new 8TB drive comes from the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD series and this is where reliability meets high-capacity. The drive is aimed at the cloud markets where I’m sure that it will be welcome with open arms. The drive performs with a 100 percent increase in random read and write performance compared to its previous generation. That is quite an accomplishment and impressive.

Moving on to the small and medium-sized business oriented drives and we find the new Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD. There isn’t the big performance improvement here like there was in the Capacity line, but the new 8TB drives do allow companies to reduce the amount of drives they need and thereby the server sizes as well power consumption. An overall saving on the running costs and less hardware to worry about, that sounds like a good deal.

The Seagate Kinetic HDD series is the most interesting of the new 8TB options, but it is also the one that isn’t for home users at all, at least not yet. The Seagate Kinetic HDDs take a new approach on storage infrastructure as it is based on the Kinetic Open Storage Platform. The open source object storage protocol combined with Ethernet connectivity allows the Kinetic HDD to eliminate multiple layers of legacy hardware and software infrastructure with a simple Key/Value interface. This in return dramatically reduces the need for traditional storage servers. The reduction in equipment, power consumption, and human expenses results in a total cost of ownership saving of up to 70 percent. The LHC in Cern is one of the places where the Kinetic HDDs are being used to store and analyze the many petabytes of data collected.

SanDisk Plans 6TB and 8TB Enterprise SSDs for 2016

While consumers have just been treated to some of the largest SSDs they’ve been able to buy yet in the Samsung 2TB 850 EVO/Pro, the enterprise segment is already looking beyond that. SanDisk is reportedly planning to launch their data center focused 6TB and 8TB SSDs sometime in 2016. These drives will likely be part of the Optimus Max series targetting 12Gb/s SAS connectors in a 2.5″ form factor. These drives will replace the 4TB models that have just recently launched.

At 6-8TB, SSDs will be closer than ever to matching their spinning disk cousins. HDDs currently top out at around 810TB, a bit over double what most SSDs top out at. While hard drives aren’t likely to stay still, capacity gains have been hard to come by, so 12TB may be where HDDS end up in 2016. An 8TB SDD would finally be able to reach more than 50% capacity of the top hard drives. Given that SSDs are already so much faster than hard drives, it makes sense to target capacity next.

It is important to note that 8TB SSDs are not exactly new. Other firms have demoed high capacity SSDs before, but this marks the first time a company with NAND fabs has reached this point. If SanDisk feels that NAND has reached a state where 8TB SSDs make sense on a large scale, the market and pricing is probably good. Hopefully, consumers will benefit from the advances and maybe some of you can get a 4TB SSD to go with your new Skylake-E/Zen and Pascal/Arctic Islands builds!

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Transcend Introduces 8TB External Hard Drive

Transcend isn’t usually the company the we connect with large capacity hard drives but rather NAND based storage, but they also work with the mechanical drives. Their newest mechanical drive that just been introduced is the StoreJet 35T3, and it comes with a large 8TB capacity.

The new StoreJet 35T3 isn’t just a large drive, it is also a fast one. It connects through the USB 3.0 interface and is able to deliver real transfer speeds of up to 200MB/s which is pretty good for both mechanical storage as well as USB drives.

It also looks pretty nice with its simple black design and comes with the convenient one-touch backup button that we usually only know from complete NAS devices. This is a feature that can make your backup jobs a lot easier as it allows users to instantly backup and synchronize data with their notebook or desktop PC, ensuring their important data is safely stored in a secondary location.

The Transcend StoreJet 35T3 is also eco-friendly and meets the European Union ErP requirements and comes with Transcend Elite data management software that helps users manage data and increase productivity. With this convenient software, users can easily perform incremental backups, secure confidential information and much more.

There will be more capacities available besides the large 8TB version, a 3TB and a 4TB version too and they are backed by a three-year warranty.

Thecus Now Offically Supports HGST Ultrastar He8 Helium HDDs

Thecus is the latest of companies to support the amazing HGST Ultrastar He8 Helium filled hard disk drives. By incorporating these new drives with Thecus NAS, users will be able to increase storage capacity while maintaining a quieter, more energy-efficient environment.

The HGST HelioSeal drives have less internal resistance due to the helium filling which results in the lower energy usage and noise level. The 8TB drives are already available and the 10TB drives are just around the corner, what a great time to NAS’.

“Providing it’s users with the latest cutting-edge technology is at the core of Thecus’ mission,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology. “By integrating HGST’s 8TB hard drives with Thecus NAS, users will be able to expand their storage capacity to the highest levels. The helium-based drives provide increased performance, energy efficiency, and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).”

Thanks to Thecus for providing us with this information

QNAP Now Officially Supports HGST’s 8TB Ultrastar HE8 HDDs

Just because a hard disk exists doesn’t mean it is ideal to be used in every system, or there might just be a few tweaks that need to be made in order to ensure that the drives capabilities are fully utilised among other things.

QNAP just announced that their powerful enterprise-class Turbo vNAS TVS-x80+ series and REXP expansion enclosures got certified for use with HGST Ultrastar HE8 HDDs. Other models compatible are the  TS-x79-SAS series and REXP expansion enclosures as well as the TS-x80, TS-x79, TVS-x71, TS-x70, TVS-x63, TS-x53 Pro, TS-x51, TS-x31+, TS-x31 series, and also the REXP and UX expansion enclosures.

HGST’s Ultrastar HE8 helium filled hard drives come with up to 8TB capacity and as both SATA 6Gb/s and SAS 12Gb/s models. The 7200RPM HDD can achieve up to 205MB/s sustained transfer rates and has a typical seek time of 8.5ms.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Seagate Unveiled New Personal Cloud NAS

Seagate has unveiled their newest NAS-like devices designed specific for Personal Cloud storage and backups. The Seagate Personal Cloud devices will come as one or two bay devices, where the two bay automatically mirrors the data for additional safety.

The software system is the thing that once again sets a device like this apart from other network connected storage devices. It is built up from the ground up for just this one usage scenario instead of just having it as a side option. It isn’t everyone that likes to trust their data to a free or commercial cloud provider, but they might still like the benefits that cloud storage brings along: Having access to your files no matter where you are. And the Seagate Personal Cloud looks perfect here.

Seagate’s Personal Cloud devices come with apps for iOS and Android and work well with Windows, Mac and Linux systems alike. It can store all your backups and sync with USB drives while connecting to your network wirelessly. Most NAS devices can do this by now, but it’s rarely we’ve seen such a comprehensive device compatibility list.

  • TVs and Blu-ray players: LG Smart TVs (2012 or later) and Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players (2012 models or later with SmartHub)
  • Streaming media players: Roku, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV (via Apple AirPlay)
  • Smartphones: iPhone, Android
  • Tablets: iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows 8/RT
  • DLNA Streaming, including PS3 and newer and Xbox360 and newer.

For those comfortable with the public cloud offerings, Seagate Personal Cloud offers sync options with Amazon S3, Box, Baidu, DropBox, Google Drive, HiDrive, and Yandex.Disk. The devices also feature an app-store like dashboard with a variety of apps including WordPress, BitTorrent Sync, and ElephantDrive.

If this still isn’t enough, Seagate created a software development kit (SDK) for its app manager to enable 3rd party developers to create new and exciting use cases for Personal Cloud drives.

The Seagate Personal Cloud devices will be shipping to retailers this month, so you don’t have to wait long in this is something for you. The one bay version will be available with 3TB for $169.99, 4TB for 219.99 and 5TB capacity for $249.99. The two bay version will be made available with 4TB for $299.99 and 6TB for $379.99. There is also an 8TB 2-bay version, but that one didn’t have a price sticker at the time of writing.

Thanks to Seagate for providing us with this information

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Seagate Archive v2 8TB Drives Start Selling

A few month back we could report that selected customers were getting samples of 8TB Seagate drives prior to a full release. It looks like this release is upon us now, as the Seagate Archive v2. 8TB drives are starting to get listed around websites ready to order. And considering what you get, it isn’t even that expensive.

The new 8TB Seagate Archive v2 HDD has 128MB cache, an average data rate of 150MB/s and a max sustained data rate of 190MB/s and is built on a 6-platter design with 1.33TB on each and a rotation speed of 5900RPM. With a mean time before failure rating of 800,000 hours (91.26 years), this is a drive that should keep your data safe for a very long time.

While the speeds might not be impressive on their own, for a 5900RPM drive they are fairly good, and considering the name and price point; I’d say they’re great. The listed warranty period is only 3-years though.

HGST already has their 8TB 3.5-inch drives on the market, but they will set you back 600 euro versus the just 247 euro for the Seagate drive, that’s less than half the price.

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Memblaze and PMC Partner to Provide High-Performance PCIe SSDs up to 8TB

When two giants come together to form something new, you just know it’s going to be amazing. Memblaze will be using PMC’s Flashtec NVM Express controllers in its next-generation PCI Express flash accelerators. The Flashtec-based Memblaze PBlaze4 products might be targeted at hyperscaling and Open Compute Project deployments, but I’d sure like to have one of these.

They provide ultra-low latency and the lowest CPU load in the industry and read and write capabilities of up to 850,000 IOPS for random read and 265,000 IOPS for random write. Transfer speeds go up to 3.2GB/s sequential read and 2.5GB/s sequential write performance. Memblaze products also enable customers to define and alter key settings to ensure optimum performance in specific applications and platforms.

The flash memory controller family includes 16-channel and 32-channel devices to enable SSDs with up to 8TB of storage and performance up to 850,000 IOPS, two times greater capacity and performance than other controllers. Dual port functionality delivers high availability for enterprise-class application support, redundancy and sustained uptime reliability.

Now that’s some juicy numbers. The new drives will be showcased at Wenjin Hotel in Beijing today and the event can be followed on twitter with the #PMCFlashtec hashtag.

Thanks to Business Wire for providing us with this information

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HGST Reveal 8TB and 10TB HelioSeal Hard Drives

Western Digital’s HGST subsidiary has just announced their new 8TB and 10TB hard drives and no, that second one isn’t a typo. The new drives are part of their HelioSeal product line; a range of hard drives which are hermetically sealed in helium in order to reduce internal drive friction and power use.

HGST have already made the headlines over the last year with the launch of their He6 6TB hard drives, and with Seagate only revealing their 8TB drives two weeks ago, this new 10TB model puts HGST back in the lead. HGST expect to end production of air-filled drives used in corporate data centers by 2017, all of which will be replaced with helium filled product lines due to their improved performance.

Both the new 8TB and 10TB drives come equipped with a 128MB cache buffer, a five-year warranty, two million hour meantime between failure (MTBF) rating, Instant Secure Erase features and both drives are shipping and sampling from today. No words on prices, but you can bet that they will be incredibly expensive. We’re expecting them to come in around the £250-£300 mark for the 8TB drive and £350-£400 for the 10TB model.

Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information.

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Seagate Announce 8TB Drives Now Available To “Select Customers”

We’ve heard rumors a few months back now that Seagate were sending out 8TB drives to some of their partners, no doubt as an early beta test for the hardware before they rolled them out in larger numbers. Now it looks like Seagate are preparing to go into mass production as they announced this morning that they will now be providing their 8TB drives to “select customers”.

The new 8TB drives are a world first to hit this capacity and according to marketing VP Scott Horn, they’re not going to be restricted to an exclusive audience for very long and we should expect broad availability some time in the next quarter.

The drives use the standard 3.5″ form factor, operate via a 6Gbps SATA interface and for now the drives are targeted at cloud-based services and enterprise solutions. We don’t have any more specifications than that, but we can speculate that the price will be as gargantuan as the capacity.

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8TB Hard Drives Already Deployed For Cloud Storage

6TB helium filled hard drives are the biggest consumer storage drives available on the market right now, with both Seagate and Western Digital offering products in this category. Seagate are still opting for a traditional build on their drives, but the Western Digital HGST drives are hermetically sealed with a helium environment to reduce friction on their drives. Regardless of their methods, both companies are already pushing the limits again for the next generation of mechanical and SSD drives.

Seagate are already pushing for 10TB drives, and have stated in their recent quarterly conference call that they’ve already delivered shipments of 8TB HDD units to customers for cloud storage and other high capacity applications.

This means that we should see 8TB hitting enterprise markets by 2015 and I expect the more consumer friendly end of the market towards the end of 2015 and start of 2016 – by which time it is expected that 10TB+ drives will be deploying to cloud servers and other applications, much like they’re currently doing with the 8TB drives.

Thank you Forbes for providing us with this information.

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Western Digital Extend My Cloud Lineup With EX4 4-Bay Solution

Western Digital have been hot topic within the storage world since the release of their innovative personal cloud storage drives. In a follow-up to the single drive offerings that are aimed primarily for the consumer market, Western Digital have now upped their game with a 4-bay NAS that gives all the Cloud capabilities of the single bay unit, but with some added extras.

The EX4, for those who recognise it, is somewhat similar to the Sentinel DX4000 NAS that we looked at earlier in the year, however external appearances are where the similarities end. On the inside of the EX4, a Marvell 88F6282 2GHz single core CPU is in control with the system capable of holding up to 16TB of raw storage through RAID0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD configurations as well as Western Digital’s own Flex-RAID allowing drives of different capacities to be installed and used together seamlessly.

Designed for the ‘Prosumer’, the EX4 is one of the worlds first 4-bay cloud NAS systems and whilst it offers up cloud capabilities, it still gives total flexibility to be used as a traditional local NAS device. On top of the standard My cloud features that are on offer on the single bay systems, the EX4 also includes 10 user licences for WD’s Smartware Pro software for automated computer backups as well as the ability to have a full system backup made to another remotely setup EX4, giving the total piece of mind that your data is secure. For SOHO and SMB users, Active Directory support is also included and an SDK for app developers is available from Western Digital’s website.

The EX4 is available now through a number of e-tailors and also the reseller channel with four options to choose from. The entry-level system will come with no drives giving the best user flexibility for £319, whilst 8TB, 12TB and 16TB models all kitted out with WD’s own Red drives are available for £670, £799 and £999 respectively.

Whilst this is the only multi-bay cloud solution that Western Digital are offering for now, they have noted that a 2-bay version – namely the EX2 will be available in the early part of next year.

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