- Feb 4, 2016
Not super-fast or super-versatile, but it might be all the NAS you need.
With the MyCloud EX2 Ultra, Western Digital isn't targeting those who want to run virtual servers or a website, but those needing fast, centralised storage for files and media. Bear this in mind, and the EX2 Ultra has a lot going for it, particularly when it comes to ease-of-setup and everyday use. Even installing the drives is a simple job; just push the catch to open the flap, unscrew the lid on the drive cage and slide your 3.5in drives into place.
Once that's done, the browser-based configuration takes you through setting up your RAID and connecting the NAS drive to a MyCloud account. Cleverly, it encourages using part of the hard disks in a RAID1 configuration to cover resilience and the rest spanned, giving you a balance between file protection, capacity and speed.
Where other NAS drives go for a desktop-style UI, MyCloud devices have a simple, modern control-panel style interface that focuses on creating and managing your network shares or storing and streaming media - you can host your media in any folder and just flick the media server switch. There are additional apps to install through the admin panel, including Dropbox sync, Joomla, WordPress and the Transmission Bittorrent client, but these clearly aren't seen as key.