Is there a program that can take advantage of all of the unutilized storage on 500+ Windows workstations spread out across our network?

I was thinking of a server software that would appear as one large drive that pools together the resources from all of the workstations into one file store. When a file is copied to the server, it is distributed across one or more client workstations across the network.

Of course security might be an issue, but I'm hoping the solution would account for that with some sort of encryption. Also, I'm hoping the solution would allow for redundancy, copying the file to multiple workstations, so that workstations could drop off or be replaced without impacting the storage.

Does such a thing exist?

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    Sounds like a task for git-annex. Not tried it, but your description matches one of its features: per client you can define which parts it should automatically sync completely (i.e. MetaData and content); from other parts it only syncs MetaData. so "virtually" everything's available everywhere, every client knows what's available at which peer, and none of them has to have everything (but of course can).
    – Izzy
    Mar 24, 2016 at 14:52
  • Related: superuser.com/questions/688079/…
    – dangowans
    Mar 24, 2016 at 18:42
  • That sounds very similar to git-annex indeed (including redundancy) :)
    – Izzy
    Mar 24, 2016 at 18:50
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    Distributed file systems.
    – kenchew
    Apr 17, 2016 at 17:21


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