October 07, 2009 16:54 ET

Baltimore Band ...soihadto... to Rock System Administrator of the Year 2009 Contest Awards Gala

Nominees and LISA '09 Attendees Invited to Party Like the Sysadmin Rock Stars They Are

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) -

News Facts

-- BigFix, Inc., sponsor of the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest, has booked Baltimore living legends ...soihadto... as the musical entertainment for the contest's awards gala November 4, 2009, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

-- ...soihadto..., featuring Food Network Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman on bass, is famous in Baltimore for amazing live performances that fuse styles from indie to punk to hardcore to soul-funk.

-- The 2009 System Administrator of the Year Awards Gala is the headline act in 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

-- ...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 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, http://www.everythingsysadmin.com), Johnny Long (founder, Hackers for Charity, http://www.hackersforcharity.org/), Ryan Russell (author, "Stealing the Network"), Robert Scoble (blogger, http://scobleizer.com), and Amrit Williams (BigFix CTO and blogger, http://techbuddha.wordpress.com), will weigh entrants' qualifications and select the award winner.

-- Nominations are open until October 23, with 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: "The awards gala is really frosting on the cake of recognition that the Sysadmin of Year contest has conferred on the sysadmin community. As the judges see more and more entries, we're amazed at the seemingly impossible tasks these sysadmins perform without breaking into a sweat. They certainly deserve a celebration, and I only wish that more sysadmins could step aside from their duties for a few days to make it to Baltimore."

Information Resources

--  System Administrator of the Year home page:  www.bigfix.com/rockstar
--  Twitter: @SysAdRockStar09
--  LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/saoty09-linkedin
--  Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/saoty09-facebook
--  Take it to 11 blog: http://sysadminoftheyear.wordpress.com/
--  soihadto homepage: http://www.soihadto.com/
--  Charm City Cakes homepage: http://www.charmcitycakes.com/about
--  Grape Juice Records homepage: http://www.grapejuicerecords.com/
--  LISA '09 Conference: http://www.usenix.org/event/lisa09/
--  USENIX: http://www.usenix.com/
--  LOPSA: http://www.lopsa.org/

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