October 29, 2009 12:34 ET

Ace of Cakes' Charm City Cakes to Create Rock Star Cake for 2009 System Administrator of the Year Awards Gala Sponsored by BigFix

Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes Himself, Will Also Provide the Entertainment With His Band ...soihadto...; No Brown M&Ms Anywhere

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) -

News Facts

-- BigFix, Inc., sponsor of the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest, has secured Charm City Cakes to create one of its famous cakes for the contest's Awards Gala November 4, 2009, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

-- The cake, which will be designed after the Systems Administrator of the Year logo, won't be Duff Goldman's only contribution to the Awards Gala; his Baltimore-based band ...soihadto... will also be the headlining act.

-- While having one's cake and eating it too, are separate experiences, event attendees can expect a symphony of almond, amaretto cream, Caribbean black rum flavor, carrot, and red velvet. Design elements will include the 2009 Sysadmin of the Year logo. Charm City has also agreed to avoid the use of anything resembling a brown "M&M" candy in the cake design, in line with well-known preferences of the rock star community.

-- The 2009 System Administrator of the Year Awards Gala is the finale of this year's contest, which acknowledges the under-recognized rock stars of information technology who are vital to the smooth functioning of business, government and public services.

Background and Context

-- Charm City Cakes, founded in 2000 by Duff Goldman, is the nationally recognized bakery featured on the Food Network's Ace of Cakes, famous for creating jaw-dropping cakes that are beautiful, challenging, and as out-of-the-ordinary as possible

-- ...soihadto..., comprised of Rahn and Yungwirth on guitars, Duff on bass and Honus on drums, is heading into the studio this month to record its first LP for Grape Juice Records.

-- Sysadmins are the unsung heroes of information technology, keeping computers up and running, defending infrastructures from malware and hacking attacks, and helping end-users maximize their productivity.

-- The 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest is also an opportunity for the sysadmin community to share information on best practices and new ways to deliver value to their constituencies.

-- A panel of judges including AEleen Frisch (author, "Essential System Administration"), Doug Hughes (serial presenter and guru at many USENIX LISA conferences), Ben Kus (founder, BigFix User Group), Thomas A. Limoncelli (sysadmin author,, Johnny Long (founder, Hackers for Charity,, Ryan Russell (author, "Stealing the Network"), Robert Scoble (blogger,, and Amrit Williams (BigFix CTO and blogger,, will weigh entrants qualifications and select the award winner.

-- Contest winner and runners up announced on November 4, 2009, at the USENIX Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Supporting Quotes

Amrit Williams, System Administrator of the Year judge, said: "While working as a sysadmin is anything but a 'piece of cake,' this edible focus of the Sysadmin of the Year awards ceremony symbolically balances the scales. We're excited to offer all of the hard working sysadmins at the LISA conference a great party, with great music and a spectacular cake that matches the feats they accomplish every day. And of course, we'll have a selection of festive beverages at the ceremony to wash it down, but only in a responsible manner."

Information Resources

-- System of the Administrator of the Year home page:

-- Twitter: @SysAdRockStar09

-- LinkedIn:

-- Facebook:

-- Take it to 11 blog:

-- Charm City Cakes homepage:

-- ...soihadto... homepage:

-- Grape Juice Records homepage:

-- LISA '09 Conference:



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