October 20, 2009 16:39 ET

Last Week to Enter Rock Star Sysadmins for 2009 System Administrator of the Year Contest

The $5,000 Grand Prize, Gaming Consoles and Laptops Are Still Up for Grabs

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) -

News Facts

-- With only four days left to nominate, BigFix, Inc., is calling all sysadmins and those they support to submit sysadmins' amazing feats to the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest for the opportunity to walk away with up to $5,000 cash.

-- With more than 180 nominations, the "progressive jackpot" Grand Prize has reached $3,600.

-- The $5,000 jackpot is the Grand Prize, with the runner up receiving a laptop, a conference pass to the 2010 Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference, Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3. The next Top 3 entrants will win Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3.

-- Nominees and nominators also will receive the official 2009 Sysadmin of the Year t-shirt, an essential wardrobe item for sysadmin rock stars and their most appreciative fans.

-- Everyone attending the 2009 System Administrator of the Year Awards Gala November 4, 2009, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, is a winner, with Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman's band soihadto... providing live music and his bakery Charm City Cakes creating one of its famous cakes.

Background and Context

-- 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,, 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.

-- 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: "We are thrilled with how the contest has really taken off this year. We have been overwhelmed by all the quality submissions and encouraging responses from the sysadmin community since the contest started. With less than a week to go, we are hoping that all the sysadmins and people who appreciate their hard work will contribute to the nominations and help push the grand prize to $5,000 -- which is really not a bad way to say thank you!"

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:
--  LISA '09 Conference:
--  LOPSA:

About BigFix

Founded in 1997, the BigFix®, Inc. solutions support a global portfolio of A-list organizations in government, finance, retail, educational, industrial and public utility sectors. BigFix revolutionizes IT infrastructure management by replacing fragmented collections of single-purpose tools with the industry's only unified visibility and control architecture that consolidates up to 18 security, IT compliance, decision support, and green computing functions. For more information, visit, follow BigFix on Twitter @BigFix, or stay in touch on the BigFix Facebook page,

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