For those of you who always dreamed about having your own cloud, Western Digital wants to make your dreams come true with its new WD 2go and WD 2go Pro mobile apps for its My Book Live personal cloud storage solution. The part about dreams is admittedly cheesy (and we're to blame for that one), but as far as the personal cloud goes, that's what Western Digital envisions as you remotely connect to your My Book Live drive from any computer or through your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or compatible Android device.
WD's My Book Live brings the cloud to your home by combining a physical drive you're free to tuck away wherever convenient with Web-based access to your data. Users can then share files, stream content, and access data from anywhere there's an Internet connection just like you would do with a typical cloud storage subscription, but with no monthly fees or having to trust some other entity with your files.
"Consumers demand the anywhere, any device access they can get from ‘the cloud,’ but don’t want to pay monthly fees or lose control of their personal data. They want access to all their files without worrying about what files are synched to what device," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager for WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. "With the new WD 2go mobile apps and WD's My Book Live personal cloud storage, consumers now have a simple and fast way to securely store, share, and access all their digital content from their mobile devices wherever they are."
The WD 2go is a free download that offers basic functionality with support for a variety of media file formats, while the WD 2go Pro ($2.99) adds advanced features like automatic syncing to mobile devices, content sharing, advanced security, and more.
WD's My Book Live also comes with a built-in media server for streaming music, photos, and music to any DLNA-certified device. It's available now in 1TB ($160), 2TB ($200), and 3TB ($250) capacities.