In September, I asked TechRepublic members to submit their photos of messy, chaotic, or just plain scary server rooms for the first TR Dojo Server Room Nightmare Challenge.
The response was amazing! Over 30 members sent in shots of wild wiring, hanging hardware, and server rooms filled to the rafters with everything BUT networking equipment. Our editors had a tough time picking the top three, but we did our best.
So without further ado, here are the winners of our Server Room Nightmare Challenge 2010. As promised, these three members have earned a little TR swag for their effort. And for having to support these IT catastrophes, they deserve it.
Be sure to check out the other entries in our gallery of Real-world server room nightmares.
1st PlaceTR member Luca claims the glory with this lovely scene.
2nd PlaceIt was a photo-finish with this horrendous hanging garden of cables and equipment from TR member Handyman.
3rd PlaceThis landscape from TR member Tony B. won third for sheer weight and amount of spaghetti cabling!
2011 Server room nightmare challenge
Thanks to everyone who sent in a photo. Be sure to check out our gallery of We'll definitely run this challenge again next year, so save those pics!
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.