Albert Chang, WD
Albert Chang, Senior Manager of Product Marketing, WD Asia Pacific, has always advocated the use of personal NAS and not only does he talk the talk, but he also walk the walk. He understands the usage of a personal NAS not only from the maker’s point of view, but also from the user’s perspective. We asked him a few questions regarding the consumers’ concerns about personal NAS, and here is what he has to say.
We began by asking for the reason why users would choose a private NAS that they have to maintain on their own, versus a public cloud.
Albert explained that private cloud storage allows users to have total ownership of their own content, as data is stored and accessed in a NAS placed physically in their home. It also allows them to manage content in a safe and secure environment, as opposed to storing it in a public cloud storage environment.
In WD’s new and improved NAS environment, maintaining storage is simple as how anyone organizes their own PC’s file structure. The only difference is, one is attached to PC by physical wires, while the other is connected via network (Wi-Fi).
Another issue that is always on the minds of those who are thinking of using personal NAS is security. A NAS is a treasure trove of personal information and data. Nevertheless, Albert said that users need not worry.
Existing security measures designed in NAS such as individual user passwords, two-step verification security, limiting files access, and visibility to invited users, to activation code for devices to have remote access, are among the steps taken to protect consumers’ data from any unwanted attack. Setting up devices for remote access may require some time, but once a user has completed these necessary steps, accessing data would be easy only for authenticated devices.
On top of that, the new My Cloud OS 3 now offers users the ability to create ‘public share links’ or ‘private share links’, which is a more secure and safer method to share data with your friends and family.
But what about ransomware, the new threat to personal data that has seen exponential growth in cases throughout the world, especially in Southeast Asian countries? The solution, said Albert, is simple.
He commented that ransomware will be of a concern if the user only has one copy of their data, hence it is advisable for users to have multiple backups and conduct regular updates on all their data. Besides that, good Internet hygiene and endpoint protection tools are users’ primary point of defense to further protect their data against this threat.
WD Sync, for example, allows users to sync data across multiple devices linked to the same My Cloud product, making it easier and convenient to manage data.
At this point, ransomware remains a major concern to all Internet users. WD will continue to monitor the situation and see if there is any counterware that they may implement in the future.
Efficiency of cloud computing will always be challenged by the limitation of Internet speed in each given country. However, organizations and users are seeing the advantages and implications of cloud computing in both our work and lifestyle.
Albert added that this could be observed through the rise of BYOD, end-user mobile computing trend over the last few years. Typically, office documents that will be shared are relatively small in file size, ranging from a few kilobytes (KB) to megabytes (MB). Even with 5Mbps Internet upload speed, it is still applicable for the My Cloud to perform efficiently. Majority of the larger file sizes would be multimedia files, such as video, music, and photos. Video streaming remains challenging in most countries, but with future codec formats, the possibility of streaming video over a slower Internet is in the near future.