I am torn between two different options for upgrading my storage solution. It will simply just house my iTunes and other media content. It might do double duty for vmware if I go with a NAS solution, but that is more of a want than a need. Any storage solution I get will be Thunderbolt 3 so I know I will need to get a thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt 2 cable adapter (I originally thought about getting a new Mac Mini on top of this storage solution but that became way too expensive). My current vmware environment is performing fine-this would just be an expansion of it. I have roughly 700GB free for VMs so this extra storage is really for backups. I have a 2011 Mac Mini 16GB RAM two internal drives (1 256 SSD and 1 1TB spinning) 1). A Thunderbolt 3 NAS from qnap or synology. Advantage of this would be the flexibility to using either TB3 or a regular NAS environment. I would also get vmware compatibility that I could use in parallel with my existing vsphere environment. Biggest drawback to this is once I get to the 12TB and up range, it can become very expensive 2. Forget a NAS and get a "traditional" DAS Thunderbolt 3 device like the OWC Thunderbay 6. This would be in the 12-24TB range. Get another SSD and add it to my vmware environment to expand its storage. Based on what I have seen, option 2 is at least $500-1k less than option 1, but option 1 is future proof. However, option 1 could be seen as overkill as I don't really need the vmware capability that the qnap or synology would give me. Any suggestions or feedback are welcome.