Legitreviews has a new review of the WD My Cloud EX4 8TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS. This is Western Digital's first four bay NAS box. It is powered by a Marvell ARMADA 300 SoC at 2.0GHz CPU and 512MB DDR3 of RAM (not upgradable). Being primarily a hard drive manufacturer, it is not surprising that Western Digital ships this new NAS in various configurations with WD Red NAS hard drives pre configured to run in RAID 5 mode.
Setup is easy:
WD is trying to make personal storage easy and this product is aimed at first time NAS users. In fact, WD never calls this a networked attached storage server. They keep it simple and call it personal cloud storage. The first thing that you need to do is to power up the My Cloud EX4 and connect it to yournetwork. To do this you simply give it power and plug it into your wired network, which most likely means plugging it into your wireless router. Once that is done you need to go to your computer or smartphone and download the WD My Cloud EX4 setup software. We downloaded the PC version for our laptop to get the initial setup started. The WD My Cloud EX4 software is available for both Windows and Mac, but it should be noted WD Smartware backup program is only for Windows. Fear not Apple users as the My Cloud EX4 supports Apple Time Machine natively for Mac backups.
The review concludes that this is a good NAS for those starting out in the NAS market:
At the end of the day the My Cloud EX4 shows that WD is now a serious contender in the 4-bay NAS market. It is highly likely that in the months to come that WD will expand into other bay sizes and hopefully more powerful models. The My Cloud EX4 had acceptable performance for the price point, but we’ve used and reviewed other NAS devices that cost hundreds more and offer much faster performance. The WD My Cloud EX4 isn’t really an enthusiast NAS as it was designed for the mainstream consumer. If you’ve never owned a NAS before and want to try one out the My Cloud EX4 is a great place to start. We highly recommend the My Cloud EX4 for a starter NAS as it is simple to use and backed by a 2-year warranty with support from WD.