Western Digital Corporation (WD) has announced the impending availability in Australian and New Zealand of the powerful WD Pro Series network attached storage (NAS) systems.


 WD’s new Pro Series network attached storage devices consists of the My Passport Wireless Pro portable storage drive (left) and the My Cloud Pro Series NAS backup storage system (right). (Source: Western Digital.)

Due for release from August 2016, the WD Pro Series systems are designed specifically for the creative community. They enable seamless transfer of content between devices via direct Wi-Fi connection and a new version of the My Cloud mobile app.

Creators can automatically backup files from compatible cameras, regardless of whether they are on a remote shoot, in the studio or editing at home.  They can also save, edit and transfer work seamlessly between up to eight other devices connected to the drive.  Tethered connections are also available for faster transfers and include a built-in SD card reader as well as a USB 2.0 port.

The new My Cloud app is compatible with the Adobe Creative Cloud applications and the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series devices are also compatible with the Plex Media Server and My Cloud OS 3 software for easy editing, streaming and sharing of content.

The My Passport Wireless Pro storage drive is available in capacities up to 3TB and supports up to 10 hours of battery life when Wi-Fi is used. Its built-in battery pack can also be used to charge phones and other devices like digital or video cameras.  

Back-up storage is provided by the My Cloud Pro Series NAS devices, which offer up to 32TB of storage and are optimised to import from cameras/memory card readers and other USB storage with a simple one touch backup button.

Features include a hardware accelerated video processor with powerful transcoding capabilities that can ingest, edit, store and stream content to and from popular formats, including 4K video. Its robust, integrated application suite, which includes compatibility with Plex Media Server for storing and optimising media libraries and compatibility with Adobe’s Creative Cloud for editing and finalising them.

My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi drives are scheduled to go on sale in Australia on 15 August at AU$389 for 2TB or AU$449 for 3TB.

The My Cloud Pro Series NAS devices will be available from 1 August. A 2-bay device with 4TB of storage is priced  at AU$1250, while a 4-bay device with 32TB of storage will sell for AU$3500. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty and details of local re-sellers may be found here.

See further details on the WD website.