Making use of the free space on 5000 computers
Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:49 AM
I'm looking for software that will combine this free space into a kind of distributed mega-harddrive, using a decentralised communication and redundant block storage to distribute and securely store the data while having it accessible from any point on the network with the right authentication... Kinda like Ceph or MooseFS, but for Windows.
I've had my eye out for a while, so I'm not expecting much. If I don't get any hits I'll develop the system myself (in my spare time), but it's a bit of an undertaking, so I'll need some skilled assistance if anyone is willing.
Edit: The computers are owned by the organisation I work for (they're all on a Local Area Network), and I have the necessary permissions to implement this system if I deem it feasible.
(i.e., I'm not pwnzz0ring grannies and usurping their hdd space.)
Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:59 AM
Before I saw the windows requirement, I automatically thought of ZFS. A quick google revealed http://code.google.com/p/zfs-win/ - it looks immature but might be something to look into further.
+1 for zfs
http://www.freenas.org/ <- also this
edit : this: http://doc.freenas.o...p/Windows_(CIFS)_Shares
Edited by Afterm4th, 01 May 2012 - 05:01 AM.
Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:29 PM
Edited by TheFunk, 30 May 2012 - 01:30 PM.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:15 AM
Good idea, but if my initial request is anything to go by, I don't think such software will be forthcoming.
Before I saw that they were Windows systems, my initial thoughts were that you should put all of them in a Beowulf cluster. Why share only HDD space? Why not CPU processing power, RAM, etc?
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