Second Annual SysAdmin of the Year Contest Launches to Celebrate the Rock Stars of IT Splunk and Industry Leaders Shine the Spotlight on SysAdmins Who Keep the

World's Servers and Datacenters Running

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, System Administrator
 Appreciation Day (the last Friday of every July), brings with it the
 kickoff of the Second Annual SysAdmin of the Year Contest. Splunk, creators
 of the original IT Search engine for logs and IT data, along with other
 industry leaders and co-sponsors, Digg, NaSPA, LOPSA, and
 USENIX/SAGE have officially launched the 2007 "Is Your SysAdmin A Rock
 Star?" contest. Bringing much deserved attention to the work of system
 administrators, the annual contest recognizes superstar individuals for
 outstanding achievements from the smallest server room to the biggest
     "Last year's first SysAdmin of the Year Contest was a great success
 with over 5000 nominations. It proved people want to recognize the
 SysAdmins who make their jobs easier," said Patrick McGovern, VP marketing
 and community at Splunk. "We are thrilled to once again be a sponsor,
 making sure these unsung heroes get the recognition they clearly deserve."
     During the three-month contest, anyone can nominate their system
 administrator, network manager, database administrator, or other IT
 professional simply by submitting an online nomination describing why their
 IT person is a SysAdmin Rockstar, going beyond the call-of-duty on a daily
 basis. The panel of judges include Jeff Bates, co-founder of,
 Ted Kekatos, originator of SysAdmin Appreciation Day, and 2006 SysAdmin of
 the Year grand prize winner, Michael Beck, of Emerging Technologies Group.
 The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents currently employed as an
 IT administrator.
     Prizes will be awarded at five levels:
     --  Grand Prize - One winner will receive a Gibson Explorer guitar, an
         Apple MacBook Pro, a trip to the LISA Conference in Dallas (November
         11-16, 2007), and a Splunk Enterprise license
     --  Runners-Up - Three individuals will receive an Apple iPhone
     --  Honorable Mentions - Ten individuals will receive a case of Red Bull
         Energy Drink
     --  Nominees - The first 2500 nominees will receive a free SysAdmin of the
         Year t-shirt
     "SysAdmins typically only hear from higher-level managers when there is
 a problem," said Tom Limoncelli, contest judge and co-author of The
 Practice of System and Network Administration. "These IT professionals are
 the ones on the front lines keeping mission critical servers and
 applications running. They deserve to be recognized and applauded."
     "SysAdmins are rarely appreciated whether things are running smoothly
 or not," said Ethan Galstad, the creator of Nagios, a leading Open Source
 systems management tool. "This contest is a great way of showing people the
 amount of planning, hard work, and quick thinking that go into the
 production and use of system pixie dust."
     To nominate your system administrator, visit: Deadline for nominations is October 12,
     About Splunk
     Splunk is a Silicon Valley company inventing large-scale, high-speed
 indexing and search technology for IT infrastructures. The company's IT
 Search software indexes and makes it possible to search and navigate data
 from any application, server or network device in real time. Logs,
 configurations, messages, traps and alerts, scripts and metrics. If a
 machine can generate it -- Splunk can eat it. It's easy to download,
 install and use and very powerful. More than 340 enterprises, government
 organizations, and service providers and more than 100,000 users are
 achieving higher availability, investigating security incidents in record
 time, and meeting compliance requirements at lower costs with Splunk.
 Download your own free copy at

SOURCE Splunk Inc.

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