Usually when I setup homelab for VMware environment, I struggle to manage storage since it is expensive to buy a storage array. I usually use openfiler but the challenge is consistency, it often disconnects from esxi and can observe failed storage commands from Lab.
Recently I read a book from Neil Anderson about Building Netapp ONTAP9 Guide and it is brilliant, it gives you step by step clear instructions to setup lab. Its very useful for guy like me who doesn’t have much hands-on on Netapp. This guide is professionally written and the content is great, I would recommend to read the guide who would like to setup proper storage in your vmware home lab.