WD has announced the impending release of enhancements to its family of My Cloud personal storage devices.


The new My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage devices and My Cloud OS 3 operating system make it easier for users to back-up files and transfer files securely between devices. (Source: Western Digital.)

New products just announced include a new version of My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage devices, featuring two hard drives set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1), ensuring content is stored on one drive and automatically duplicated to a second drive. It comes with a redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system with a simpler user interface for content-sharing experience. It also includes back-up and sync capabilities that utilise the company’s personal cloud NAS offering while retaining privacy and control, ensured by having personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office. My Cloud Mirror drives will be available in 4TB, 6TB   and 8TB   capacities with RRPs at AU$600, $750 and $900, respectively.

My Cloud OS 3 features powerful new photo and video capabilities via two new user experiences: MyCloud.com and My Cloud Albums app. MyCloud.com provides users global access to each user’s My Cloud storage via a web browser-based interface designed to enable file collaboration, comprehensive access management and a photos and videos gallery view. My Cloud Albums, available for download late September on iTunes and Google Play stores, allows a My Cloud OS 3 user to send a link to a common location, or “album”, on the My Cloud to all their friends and family.
My Cloud OS 3’s new WD Sync feature synchronises data across multiple PCs and notebooks, ensuring that important files are up to date and available to users from almost any device. The new OS also allows users to set up automatic camera-roll backup of photos from smartphones and tablets and offers a new transfer tool that enables users to easily and quickly move their files to My Cloud devices. The OS also includes Chromebook and Chromecast support.
As part of the My Cloud OS 3 launch, WD has introduced My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API enabling developers to build new extensions, features and capabilities within the My Cloud ecosystem of personal cloud storage devices. The My Cloud Device SDK, based on the Docker open platform technology, ensures developers can easily access and collaborate to create customised experiences. Partners already developing extensions and new features based on the new SDK include Plex and Milestone.
WD My Cloud OS 3 will be available at the end of the month as a free download on current My Cloud personal cloud storage devices. My Cloud devices supporting the new OS 3 include: My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Expert Series EX2/EX4, My Cloud Expert Series EX2100/EX4100 and My Cloud Business Series DL2100/DL4100. Customers can also download the new WD My Cloud mobile apps, which are now available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. All WD My Cloud devices are available today in the WD store at wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. Access to My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API will be available to interested developers late September.