I'm absolute new to this area. So, please be gentle :-)
I'm looking at the possibility for my company to start a private storage cloud using cheap hardware and software. For example, SATA storage boxes, Assembled servers, and open source and free software. Our company is into very specific business with particular set of clients. We want to offer them the possibility of digital archiving of their files and other information.
Where do I need to start to setup a pilot setup to show the strength of cloud compared to direct access to storage over the internet. I'm expecting to show automatic sizing, redundancy, virtualization, security, accessibility etc.
Please guide me to a starting point.