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Today I want to tell you about why you should set up your own private cloud for your home office or creative business, but first a story.
My business has been going through quite a bit lately. Some good, some bad. Let’s get the bad out-of-the-way. I have been having some serious computer issues. I limped it along for months but finally had to send it off for repairs. As y’all know, my computer is a major part of how I make a living and it’s really not possible for me to get much done without it. Luckily I was able to borrow a computer but it still hasn’t been easy. I had to save all my files to a drive making sure I didn’t forget any fonts, graphics, working files, estimates, etc. Not fun.
Another challenge is that I’ve always worked from a laptop. I like the versatility but it’s not ideal as my only computer. I have been contemplating getting a desktop but I wasn’t sure how I’d work on both without constantly sending files back and forth.
Now the good! Something else going on behind the scenes right now is that I’m bringing on some part-time help in the design studio, exciting but scary! I’m so used to working alone. Everything is organized in my head but having employees means that everyone needs to be on the same page. So I’m working on some new processes and implementing some new technology. We all need access to the same files, otherwise, things will get very confusing.
I wasn’t really sure how to achieve all of this seamlessness that I was after. Then with absolutely perfect timing WD, a Western Digital Company saved the day by providing me with a My Cloud EX2 to use and review… serious dream come true. This is what I was looking for and I didn’t even know it. Personal cloud storage! Basically, it is a physical hard drive connected to your Internet that you can access from anywhere. Totally ideal for small office and home office businesses.
If you have a small business, you really need to get one of these systems! I can’t believe I’m only now setting one up!
Many thanks to WD for letting me try the private cloud with the EX2. Thank you for supporting this blog by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content. All sponsored posts feature products or services that I truly feel would be of interest to you and all opinions are my own. The two photos of me are by Hannah Hudson Photography.
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wow..finally i found something useful after lot of search.thanks uploading this.i shall used this method.
This is the third post I’ve seen discussing the EX2 this week! Talk about social proof for a product. I have always been pretty hesitant about the whole “cloud” concept. The idea never felt very personal or secure…
I’ve been using some of the other more trusted “cloud-like” companies, Google Drive and Drop box, but the idea of having a wireless, private, secure back-up system is really inciting. And no longer having to pay a monthly fee for storage is definitely a plus!
When sharing files with others, do they have to create an “account” to access it? Or is it delivered like Dropbox, allowing easy access just to that one folder?
I checked out the link you shared and WD also makes a smaller version (4 TB) called the “My Cloud” that looks like a good fit for anyone who can’t afford the EX2 but still needs a secure storage system they can easily access.
Awesome review! Thank you!
I haven’t tried it yet but when you send a link and the recipient clicks it I think it downloads the files automatically, they don’t need an account or don’t see any interface…
And yes, they have lots of different options which is great! Can’t wait to keep using it and experience ALL the benefits!
This looks gorgeous. Especially, the iPhone case!!
Lots of love, xx