If I'm honest, I've never really been a huge fan of Apple products. Yet, it seems over the past year or so I find myself purchasing more and more of them. What started with my wife having an iPhone 4 has blossomed now into her also having a Mac Mini in her office here at home. After she graduated from college with a bachelors degree in business management a few years back, she immediately took a high level salary based position at a local care facility, and imagine my luck, they too use Apple products in their offices. For the longest time my wife and I had the debate of Mac OS X vs. Windows, a debate that never really went anywhere because to her it don't matter as long as it works.
Over the past year I have been experimenting and using NAS appliances with solid state drives. As most of you know, NAS appliances have typically been used to store and manage large amounts of data such as photos, videos etc. With the latest Qnap x70 lineup, SSD caching has come to the SMB and even home user if you so decide to purchase. That being said, most NAS vendors are going away from the typical RAID setup in their appliances opting for a more refined and flexible storage pooling or tiered storage if you would like to call it.