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Making use of the free space on 5000 computers

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So I have access to 5000+ Windows systems on a LAN, each of which has 200+ GB of free space. So, a petabyte. That's a fair bit of space.

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.

Any suggestions?

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.)

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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.

cheers,

/wd40

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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.

cheers,

/wd40

+1 for zfs

http://www.freenas.org/ <- also this

edit : this: http://doc.freenas.org/index.php/Windows_(CIFS)_Shares

http://doc.freenas.org/index.php/CIFS

http://doc.freenas.org/index.php/Active_Directory

Edited by Afterm4th
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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?

Edited by TheFunk
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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?

Good idea, but if my initial request is anything to go by, I don't think such software will be forthcoming.

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