Western Digital (WD) has introduced new enhancements to its family of My Cloud personal storage devices in India. These included a redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system Software Developer Kit (SDK) to enable better app integration, and My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 personal cloud storage devices. My Cloud OS 3 comes with WD Sync, which syncs data across PCs and notebooks. The OS also allows users to automatically backup all photos taken from smartphones or tablets. It also includes support for Chromecast and Chromebooks. My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API should allow developers to build extensions, features and capabilities within the My Cloud ecosystem. The My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 will cost about Rs. 23,500 for 4TB, Rs. 30,000 for 6TB, Rs. 37,500 for 8TB, and Rs. 55,000 for 12TB.
Read the full press release below.
WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and a worldwide leader in storage solutions, today introduced significant enhancements to WD's family of My Cloud® personal storage devices in India. These include a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system, Software Developer Kit (SDK) to enable better app integration, and new My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 personal cloud storage device with faster processing capability than previous generations.
WD's My Cloud OS 3 features an intuitive user interface that delivers a rich content-sharing experience and back-up and sync capabilities while retaining the privacy and control of personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office.
"Availability of better infrastructure such as 4G and increased broadband speeds has made it compelling for our consumers to adopt personal cloud. They enjoy the peace of mind from backing up PCs, smart phones, and tablets to and centralizing personal content on their My Cloud systems,” said Khalid Wani, Director, Content Solutions Business, India, Middle East and Africa, WD. "They tell us they are confident in the privacy, control and anywhere access we provide them with the My Cloud OS. Now, with My Cloud OS 3, we've made users' management of their digital lives easier than ever before.”
My Cloud OS 3 features MyCloud.com that provides users global access to their My Cloud via an intuitive web browser-based user interface and enables file collaboration, comprehensive access management and a photos and videos gallery view.
My Cloud OS 3's new WD Sync™ feature syncs 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™ notebook computer and Chromecast™ device support.
As part of the My Cloud OS 3 launch, WD has introduced the 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 customized experiences. WD’s partner, Plex, is already developing extensions and new features based on the new SDK.
In addition to new software upgrades, WD has also introduced a new version of its My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage device, Gen 2, featuring two hard drives set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1), ensuring content is stored on one drive and automatically duplicated to a second drive. The new My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 personal cloud storage device includes the new features announced for My Cloud OS 3, an improved processor and 512 MB RAM for faster file transfers and application support.
Pricing and Availability
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. In India, My Cloud devices that will support the new My Cloud OS 3 include: My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror and My Cloud Expert Series EX2/EX4. Customers can also download the new WD My Cloud mobile app, available now on the iTunes and Google Play stores. Access to the My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API will be available to interested developers late September.
The My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 personal cloud storage device will have an approximate price of INR 23500 for 4 TB, INR 30000 for 6TB, INR 37500 for 8TB, and INR 55000 for 12 TB variants. The product will be available in India from November onwards through WD’s leading resellers, large-format retail, and online partners.
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the approximate price and estimated availability later this fall of the My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 device in India and the estimated availability later this September of My Cloud OS 3, the My Cloud Device SDK, and My Cloud API. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent annual report on Form 10-K to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak as of the date hereof, and WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.