WD My Cloud EX4 8TB

WD My Cloud EX4 8TB

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - By John Law

Western Dig­i­tal (WD) is well known for its pro­duc­tion of hard drives. Fur­ther, the man­u­fac­turer is also fairly renowned for its net­work-at­tached stor­age (NAS) so­lu­tions. That be­ing said, this month, we got to test out its lat­est of­fer­ing, the My Cloud EX4 8TB.

The EX4 has been de­signed by WD to be small but ex­pand­able. Aes­thet­i­cally, the EX4 is made from a very durable hard plas­tic. In front, the EX4 is built to fit four NAS-ready hard drives. With this par­tic­u­lar model, WD had al­ready fit­ted it with a hefty 8TB of stor­age for our test­ing, which we will get into later on. At the back of the EX4, WD has kept it sim­ple. All that is seen is a big ven­ti­la­tion port in the mid­dle, two power points, two USB 3.0 ports, and two LAN ports.

Another fea­ture that should be high­lighted about the EX4 is its mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions, such as tablets and smart­phones. Ad­di­tion­ally, WD en­sured that the EX4 is not par­tic­u­larly se­lec­tive in terms of OS com­pat­i­bil­ity, which is why pop­u­lar op­er­at­ing sys­tems are able to sync with the de­vice eas­ily. Also, the EX4 supports an ar­ray of RAID for­mats, rang­ing from RAID 0 to RAID 10 and even JBOD.

Set­ting up is easy but dif­fer­ent, de­pend­ing on the plat­form you wish to ac­cess it from. If you’re con­nect­ing via a PC, you sim­ply need to con­nect the de­vice to an ex­ist­ing and func­tion­ing net­work. Once con­nected, you will need to down­load the nec­es­sary driv­ers from the man­u­fac­turer’s site, which you will find con­ve­niently tucked in­side the pack­ag­ing. Once down­loaded and in­stalled, one merely needs to fol­low the step-by-step in­struc­tions in or­der to be­gin stor­ing any­thing into the My Cloud EX4.

To con­nect with the smart de­vices (smart­phones or tablets), the ap­proach is slightly dif­fer­ent. First off, you will need to down­load the My Cloud mo­bile app from ei­ther Google Play or the Ap­ple App Store. Once down­loaded, sim­ply key in the IP ad­dress that is dis­play on the front LCD screen of the EX4 and you will then be able to ac­cess the NAS.

To test the My Cloud EX4, we ran a pro­gram called Crys­talDiskMark. The pro­gram essen­tially runs a cou­ple of tests on the NAS, mark­ing for ef­fi­ciency in trans­fer read and write speeds. Upon com­ple­tion of the test, we found out that the EX4 had an av­er­age se­quen­tial read and write speed of 49MB/s and 35MB/s at write speeds of 512K. This may not be the fastest speeds we’ve seen for a NAS, but do keep in mind that this NAS was de­signed to be a multi-pur­pose ma­chine and not en­tirely a busi­ness­cen­tric ma­chine.

Over­all, we found the WD My Cloud EX4 NAS to be a de­cent con­tender among other en­try-level NAS. It’s great for a busi­ness that are merely look­ing for a sim­ple stor­age – both in and away from home – as well as be­ing com­pact enough to hide in a cor­ner. The fact that it also of­fers mo­bile ac­ces­si­bil­ity makes it the per­fect stor­age so­lu­tion.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

In­ter­nal HDD/SSD: 4x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA (II)

Max In­ter­nal Ca­pac­ity: 8TB (4x 2TB HDD); ca­pac­ity may vary by RAID type LAN: 2x Gi­ga­bit LAN port

Built-in Wire­less Sup­port: No Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI, RoHS, WEEE, VMware, Citrix

AC In­put Power Volt­age: 300W

Di­men­sions: 208.60 x 220.20 x 160.1mm

War­ranty: 2-years

Con­tact: Am­ble Ac­tion Sdn Bhd / Eter­nal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd / SiS (M) Dis­tri­bu­tion Sdn Bhd

Tele­phone: (03) 7968 6899 / (03) 5569 2220 / (03) 7491 6666

URL: www.wdc.com

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