My Cloud app is a definite highlight
The promise of a device like the WD My Cloud is fairly simple. The Cloud, the easiest option to save the umpteen selfies and random videos you take, also has a certain eeriness to it all. You are essentially leaving your private data to a corporation, whose data centers at some point [as some high profile cases have shown] could be susceptible to a hack. In other words, your private documents and weird selfies will become part of the public domain.
Western Digital’s My Cloud device promises a way to keep your data safe in the confines of your home, while at the same time being accessible to you outside your home using a secure connection.
The first thing you notice about the device is its design language. As against generic portable storage options, this has a fluent feel that will blend in with your work table or living room.
In terms of build, on the front the device has one blue LED status light that stays solid green when it’s powered up and flashing when there is data activity. On the back are a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 port, and the power connection port. Inside the package, you find a power adapter, a network cable, and a Quick Setup guide.
Read across the manual, and the brand has rightfully avoided terms like NAS from the description. And to be fair, the setup was a fairly easy process, making the My Cloud by far the easiest NAS server to set up.
Simply connect the power, hook the network port to a router, and you’re done. By default, the server comes with three public share folders including a Public folder for storing public data, and two for backups of Windows and Mac machines.
The key element, of course is WD’s My Cloud app for iOS and Android which lets you access your files on the go as well as upload photos from your mobile device to your WD My Cloud.
You have the choice of segregating the types of content you have, and deciding what content you want to upload and where, whether it be the public or private folders. Once downloaded, you get access to the specific machine, where content is segregates into three default folders, namely Photos, Music and Videos.
You also have the choice to link to cloud services, with options inside the app itself to link your My Cloud device to Dropbox, Google Drive or One Drive. You can also manually add WD drives as well.
The data transfer was fairly decent while accessing from my iPhone 6S plus. All in all, WD My Cloud proved a good storage solution that delivers on the promise of remote access to your data from anywhere in the world. While travelling for launches and conferences, accessing your data, like bought images, for instance, from the My Cloud device could prove critical for reporting.