It’s been a few months since we’ve looked at any network-attached storage. When last we did, it was the WD EX4, and before it, the WD My Cloud. Both devices, four and one bay respectively, impressed us for what they were, but it was clear that they weren’t going to stand toe-to-toe with some of the devices we’ve looked at in the past. Where it lacked in performance however, it more than made up in features and ease of use. We ended up giving both NAS boxes an Editor’s Choice award for the positives briefly mentioned above.
Today, WD bridges the gap between one and four bays by introducing what we all expected to come, a two bay NAS. The WD My Cloud EX2 departs from the all metal and hot-swappable EX4 and draws it’s design influence from the original one bay My Cloud we looked at last October. Populated with the stellar WD Red NAS oriented drives, the EX2 is ready to share data with both PCs and Macs that might be found on your home of business network. With apps like Squeezecenter, same as the My Cloud and EX4, additional features can be enabled, leveraging the EX2 beyond what one would normally use a NAS to accomplish.
The same great baked-in features like Apple Time Machine support, external backups and remote restore, the EX2 comes packed with all that we found positive about the EX4, sacrificing only RAID 5. Obviously. Also included with each EX2 is 10 user licenses for the WD SmartWare Pro backup and archival software. Also back is the ability to both map iSCSI targets to the WD initiator, as well as point other iSCSI devices to the EX2.
Shipping with a 1.2 GHz CPU, 512 MB of system memory, 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 gigabit Ethernet port, the EX2 equips hardware to ensure a positive user experience. Shipping today, there are four variants of the EX2.
WD EX2 NAS Models
Available at all popular outlets, the WD EX2 provides secure data storage at a price that’s likely to fit into most shopper’s budgets.