In the first part of this blog post series I would like to explain the the general concept of the open source data center. The data center should be easily to deploy in small scale but able to transform to large scale without much effort and most important, without major design changes.

To achieve this, the concept will focus on standard hardware components. This will increase the flexibility when it comes to upgrades and lower the overall costs because these components are way cheaper compared to specialized components.

This approach result in the first design decision to build the data center based on clustered components. With this approach it is possible to combine low or mid range performance components to a high performance cluster.

The data center will be split into a storage cluster part, a virtual host cluster part and a management control system for automation.

The next part of this blog series will discuss the hardware that will be used for an initial setup.