Monthly Archives: June 2012

Home Server: The Concept

I’m currently looking for an elegant and easy to maintain solution for the following Home Server concept:

Running several VMs on top of an hypervisor.

As told, I have acquired a small server. I want to run on top 2 sets of services:

  • A back-up service;
  • A cloud synchronisation service (à la Dropbox).

I want to use virtualisation as I want each service in a dedicated sandbox. I’m not interested in containment style virtualisation because:

  • I probably will be adding new hardware nodes in some years as I will probably want to run other services;
  • I might be trying some of the *BSD OS, although I will be running Linux OS only.

Here are some technologies I want to investigate to see if some fit my needs:

Planning for a Home Server installation

I just order an HP Proliant MicroServer N40L and my plan is to convert it in a Home server using virtualisation. It is the first step stone of my own personal cloud infrastructure. The idea is to have a core server on top of which I can launch VMs when needed.