WD introduced its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. WD's My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. By simply connecting a My Cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees.
Research firm Gartner estimates that the average household will own approximately 3.3 terabytes (TB) of digital content by 2016. In line with this growth of digital content is the explosive growth of Internet-connected devices, with the current U.S. household owning 5.7 connected devices, according to The NPD Group. Personal cloud storage is the new standard, allowing users to keep media and files at home on their own physical drive and then access them over the Internet with any PC or Mac computer or on tablets and smartphones.
As of today, WD offers three My Cloud models: WDBCTL0040HWT (4TB), WDBCTL0030HWT (3TB), and WDBCTL0020HWT (2TB). Each features a Dual-Core CPU, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports. The drives are formatted to NTFS for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3) operating systems; Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard operating systems; DLNA/UPnP devices for streaming.
The mobile apps to access My Cloud are available for iOS and Android devices. With them, you can view photos, stream videos, access files, email files, share files as a link, print and open files with third party apps. Additionally, the My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that you can transfer files between Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive public cloud accounts.
The 2 TB and 3 TB My Cloud devices are currently available at select U.S. retailers and online. The 4 TB My Cloud is expected to be available in November. MSRP is $149.99 USD for 2 TB, $179.99 USD for 3 TB, and $249.99 USD for 4 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. A two-drive and four-drive My Cloud configuration will be available in the future.
Rogers Communications and Sprint agreed that Sprint will bring a comprehensive in-car infotainment and telematics solution to Canadians. Canadians vehicles that use the Sprint Velocity solution will have access to services including infotainment (news, weather, sports and more), navigation, climate control, security, emergency services, and vehicle diagnostics--all available with a convenient in-dash touch screen. Sprint Velocity also provides connectivity for mobile devices in the car including smartphones and tablets.
Globally, the connected car market is poised to grow exponentially. According to Juniper Research, nearly 100 million connected cars will be on the road by 2016. Additionally, according to Analysys Mason, the automotive and transport sector will have the highest share of connectivity-related revenue by 2021, driven by the increasing adoption of connected cars.
QNAP today launched five business-class, SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models, including TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP and TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, which support both SAS and SATA 6Gbps HDDs, and the 2.5-inch high-density SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, and SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP. The support of SAS HDDs increases disk I/O performance and offers high reliability for data transmission and storage. The new models offer storage expansion port(s) allowing seamless capacity expansion with QNAP RAID expansion enclosures.
The new SAS-enabled models are equipped with a quad-core Intel Xeon 3.4GHz CPU, 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM, 10GbE option, and support SSD caching for improved performance of IOPS-demanding applications such as virtualization and data center deployment.
Highly scalable, the new models support online capacity expansion by connecting multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures (REXP-1600U-RP and REXP-1200U-RP) for over 400TB raw total storage.
The SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models are certified by major virtualization solutions, support VMware vSphere 5.1 and Citrix XenServer, and are compatible with Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012. They also support of VMware VAAI, QNAP vSphere Client plug-in, Microsoft ODX, and QNAP SMI-S provider.
The new models offer flexible backup and recovery solutions. Windows and Mac users can use the QNAP NetBak Replicator utility and Apple Time Machine respectively to back up data. Disaster recovery solutions include Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR) to cloud storage including Amazon S3, ElephantDrive, Symform, and Google Drive. Third-party backup software such as Veeam Backup & Replication and Acronis True Image are also supported.
Among other features are cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX, support for Windows AD and LDAP directory services and the Windows ACL (Access Control List) feature.
The five new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models are now available.
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