WD has announced My Cloud, a new line of network attached storage (or, NAS) devices that seeks to give you a personal cloud storage drive that can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection.
Like most NAS servers, My Cloud can hook up to your home network and let you transfer files to and fro. It packs a hefty 2TB of storage by default, but 3TB and 4TB options will also be available. It comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired connectivity, as well as a USB 3.0 port and an unnamed dual-core processor.
Where the My Cloud expands its functionality is when you’re out of the home. If you have the My Cloud connected to the internet, you’ll still be able to upload and download any files that you have on it though WD’s new My Cloud desktop app.
This can be done from almost any computer, as the My Cloud is compatible with Windows XP and up, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard and up. On Android and iOS devices, WD has launched a WD My Cloud app, which lets you view and access files and integrate them with existing cloud services like Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive.
This isn\’t the first time this has been done, but idea here is for the My Cloud to be like the premium version of a Dropbox or Google Drive — only you have the server, and you don’t have to pay any monthly fees.
That’s not to say the My Cloud is cheap, though. The 2TB version is priced at $150, while the 3TB and 4TB versions cost $180 and $250, respectively.
The former two are available today, while the 4TB edition will roll out sometime next month. Our sister site NotebookReview was able to go hands-on with the My Cloud, so head on over to its preview if you’d like to learn more.