Western Digital Rolls Out My Passport Wireless Pro Hard Drive
By Jef Cozza / CIO Today. Updated June 22, 2016.
Digital storage company Western Digital is teaming up with media software company Plex to offer a series of new media servers designed for users on the go. My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series are specifically targeting creatives with either wireless or network attached storage devices (NAS).
"Portability, reliability, capacity, speed and interoperability are crucial for creative professionals, whose very livelihoods rely on the strength of the technology they use to store their life's work," said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for content solutions at Western Digital, in a statement. "We created the WD Pro Series as a comprehensive, feature-rich storage solution designed to fit seamlessly into their workflow, regardless of where the work actually happens, so storage, transfer, back-up, editing and even streaming options are readily available."
Recording on the Go
Both the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series devices are also compatible with the Plex Media Server and My Cloud OS 3 software for easy editing, streaming, and content sharing, the company said.
The My Passport Wireless Pro seems likely to entice both professionals and high-end consumers, with up to 3 TB of storage space available on the first fully self-contained, battery-powered, portable Plex Media Server device, the company said. The server also acts as a self-contained wireless hotspot, meaning that no additional network configuration is necessary.
Both creative professionals and enthusiasts can use the Plex Media Server to extend the capacity of their video recording devices, enabling adventure-seeking videographers to stream footage live from their cameras to their wireless storage devices, allowing them to overcome any limitations imposed by the physical storage media on the cameras.
The Wireless Pro will also feature up to 10 hours of battery life, along with compatibility with Adobe's Creative Cloud for mobile photo and video editing, according to Western Digital.
Major Storage Space
The My Cloud Pro Series (pictured above), on the other hand, offers much more capacity at up to 32 TB of storage. The NAS devices are optimized to import data from cameras/memory card readers and other USB storage with a one-touch backup button, which should make video and other studio work a bit easier for creative professionals.
In addition, the My Cloud Pro Series NAS features a hardware accelerated video processor with transcoding capabilities, allowing it to receive, edit, store, and stream content to and from popular formats, including 4K video. “These capabilities compliment a robust, integrated application suite, which includes compatibility with Plex Media Server for storing and optimizing media libraries and compatibility with Adobe's Creative Cloud for editing and finalizing them,” the company said.
Both the My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi and My Cloud Pro Series NAS devices are available through WD’s online store and retailers such as Amazon. The My Passport Wireless pro list for around $250 and below, depending on capacity. The My Cloud Pro Series NAS, meanwhile, starts at about $400 and tops out at around $1650, depending on configuration and capacity, the company said.