WD launches frontier personal cloud system

Grace Robinson
20 October, 2011
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Western Digital – external storage solutions company – has introduced two mobile apps to the Australian market for its just-released My Book Live personal cloud device.

WD’s two apps; WD 2go (free) and WD 2go Pro ($2.99) provide mobile access to files stored on the My Book Live.

My Book Live is a network attached storage (NAS) device that offers consumers the latest in shared, cloud-based storage that can be accessed in and outside the home.

Utilising the benefits of both public and private cloud solutions, the personal cloud storage device holds media and files securely at home on their own physical drive, providing access via the internet using an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android-compatible mobile device.

Secure remote access to the NAS drive is available on any computer through www.WD2go.com, while the WD 2go apps provide mobile access to files stored on the drive.

This, WD says, leverages a peer-to-peer connection between the My Book Live and remote PCs or mobile devices for maximum speed and throughput.

“Consumers demand the anywhere, any device access they can get from ‘the cloud,’ but don’t want to pay monthly fees or lose control of their personal data.  They want access to all their files without worrying about what files are synched to what device,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager for WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups.

“With the new WD 2go mobile apps and WD’s My Book Live personal cloud storage, consumers now have a simple and fast way to securely store, share, and access all their digital content from their mobile devices wherever they are.”

The WD 2go apps offer full compatibility with a variety of media file formats for streaming movies and music or accessing files such as Microsoft Office documents.

In addition, WD 2go Pro includes several features of interest, such as clipping, where users can clip files, photos, songs, videos or folders to download a copy from the My Book Live drive to a mobile device, enabling offline access; automatic sync to prevent data loss; and a content sharing capability to send files as a link to family and friends.

Macworld Australia attended WD’s press event held in Sydney yesterday, where a series of demostrations showed the technology in action.

An important aspect of the My Book Live and its supporting apps is the added security that locks mobile access to the  drive with a 4-digit pass code.

My Book Live also features a built-in media server so that you can stream music, photos and movies to multimedia devices, for exaple, a Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and connected TV.

The My Book Live is available now and comes in three capacity models; 1TB ($169), 2TB (269) and 3TB ($319).The device is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.

WD 2go and WD 2go Pro are currently available for download from the iTunes Store and Android Market.

For more information head to WD’s official site.

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