As a consequence of nowadays large hard disk capacities, we can frequently find many networks in corporate environment with a considerable amount of unused hard disk storage space dispersed among all its computers. In an immediate future, the purpose of this unused space is unclearly defined and represents a waste of resource. Several studies suggest and evaluate numerous ways to take advantages of workstation unused hard disk space in a network. However, there are no evidences of studies that consider disk-based backup, distributed storage, and the unused workstation storage aiming at backing up server information in small business network. Determining whether it is possible to utilize these resources for backing up server information certainly can help small businesses to obtain a greater return of investment in their networks. In this paper, I present a case study in where I found out that under specific conditions there are resources that a backup system can utilize to back up server information by using workstation's unused hard disk spaces without significantly affecting normal operation of that network.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Data recovery (Computer science); File organization (Computer science); Client/server computing
Networking and System Administration (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Computer Science (GCCIS)
Acevedo Cárdenas, Raúl Rafael, "Feasibility of backing up server information in a distributed storage using client workstations hard drives" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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