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Server Room Anecdote Brings Prize to System Administrator

Ipswitch : 02 September, 2010  (Company News)
The Ipswitch SysAdmin All-Star Award for the services beyond the call of sanity has been given to a System Administrator who rescued his server from a flooded cabinet
Ipswitch's Network Management Division, developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management solutions, has announced Brian Saunier, who now works for Cobb Energy Management Corporation, as the winner of its SysAdmin All-Star Award. The competition was open to all system administrators, who had to submit the craziest thing they ever had to do in the course of their jobs. The competition was run to coincide with the global System Administrator Appreciation Day on Friday 30th July. Ipswitch awarded Saunier an Apple iPad for being the 2010 SysAdmin All-Star winner.

Saunier, who at that time was working for another company, was faced with a challenging situation when heavy rain backed up the drainage system in his office during a weekend storm and began flooding the server room. The server room had an air-tight glass door which the water had not yet penetrated. "The bad news was the air conditioning unit was fried, so leaving the door shut meant everything was going to overheat. We decided to build a dam with cardboard and whatever else we could find to try to prevent any water getting in the room, where one of our servers was sitting on the floor," he explained.

"Our plan was to open the door and run in and pick up the server, which I managed to do without incident, however my colleague tripped over our dam so then I was standing in a flooded server room in two feet of water holding a powered-on server and power cords," recalled Saunier with a smile. "Luckily he managed to get a table in the room for me to sit the server on which had to stay on for business purposes. We then spent the next few days with an industrial vacuum cleaner trying to get rid of all the water."

"While we are lucky enough to come in contact with many of them through our business, system administrators on the whole rarely get the recognition and respect they deserve for keeping business operations throughout the world up and running 24/7," said Ennio Carboni, president, Ipswitch's Network Management Division. "We felt it was important to support System Administrator Appreciation Day and provide a small token of our appreciation for the work they do. While Brian's actions were extreme, there is no doubt he went over and above his job description to save his company's systems."

Other short-listed entries included a school's system administrator whose boss had mistakenly deleted all the important user accounts when trying to simply remove a printer and a system administrator who had to deal with a 126 degree inferno of a server room all weekend after an air conditioning unit failed.
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