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Can I add SAN storage to a Mac mini?

No. We do not support SAN storage on the Mac mini. Mac minis are not equipped to handle the network and bandwidth requirements of SAN storage. The Mac mini does not meet our hardware requirements due to not being included on VMware’s compatibility list and because it lacks internal bus throughput.

If a SAN is not a viable option, we also offer two other high-capacity external storage options. You may add a subscription add-on or colocate a 2.5” BUS-powered hard drive up to 4TB in size (either USB or Thunderbolt). We also have a dedicated NAS option up to 25TB that is connected either directly to a server (depending on space and I/O port availability) or via the local network.

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Can I add SAN storage to an existing server?

If your existing server is a Mac Pro running VMware and you wish to add SAN storage, this is possible. We’ll need to take the server offline for a short period to present fibre channel connectivity to it. There is no additional labor cost when adding SAN at a later date. Available add-ons for your server are accessible within your customer dashboard under the Add-Ons tab within the details of your subscription(s).

If you have a Mac Pro server running an operating system on bare metal (macOS, for example), we can’t provision SAN storage for it. Due to the configuration and storage type, the operating system is unable to connect to and manage SAN storage.

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