Server room nightmare challenge

Submit your original photos of messy, chaotic, or downright dangerous server rooms. If our staff picks your photo as one of the top three favorites, you'll earn free TechRepublic swag!

Your server room may be perfect—every Ethernet cable in place, all the KVM and power cables neatly tucked into the sides of the racks. Unfortunately, some server rooms are nothing but living examples of bad planning and worse execution.

In his gallery, "What not to do in a server room," Joshua Hoskins illustrates some of the classic server room faux pas—chaotic cabling, machines stacked on top of each other, and dust everywhere.

TR Dojo Server Room Nightmare Challenge

I know many of my fellow TechRepublic members have come across or currently work in less-than-perfect server rooms. So, I'm issuing the first TR Dojo Server Room Nightmare Challenge!

You have from now until Friday, October 8, 2010 at 5:00 PM EDT to submit your photos of messy, chaotic, or just plain scary server rooms. Please send these original photos, along with a little information about the photo you're submitting, and your TR username to trdojo at

The TechRepublic editorial staff will select their three favorite photos from all the entries, and the TechRepublic members who submitted those photos will receive some free swag!


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