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Western Digital launches personal cloud computing system

New mobile app gives consumers remote access to files via their smartphone

By Elaine MurphyPublished: September 22, 2011 11:42 AM

Irvine-based computer hard drive company Western Digital has launched two mobile apps for its My Book Live personal cloud computing system. The apps, WD 2go and WD 2go Pro, are available on Apple and Android platforms and allow users to securely access their data from their smartphones, either remotely or from inside their home. Consumers can also access their files from any computer at WD2go.com.

The My Book Live system is a hybrid of personal and public cloud computing systems. Like public cloud systems, files are available online. In addition, files are stored in users’ home hard drives, a feature WD boasts is unique to the systems. My Book Live also streams music and movies to a variety of media players, including Xbox 360 and Blu-ray devices.

"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 the company’s branded products and consumer electronics groups, said.

The apps allow customers to stream music and movies, view photos and retrieve important files and presentations, and are Western Digital’s second generation of remote access technology. While WD 2go is free, WD 2go Pro costs $2.99, but comes loaded with extra features such as content sharing with other users, passcode encryption for further security and automatically syncing new files loaded onto the hard drive.

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