If your server room resembles a tangled rat's nest of wires, you could be eligible to win $3,000 in services.
Data monitoring company Shatter I.T. and cabling specialists Working Knowledge want to see the worst of the worst rooms. To do so, they're inviting area companies to download the "Ugliest Computer Room in WNY" submission form at www.shatterit.com.
On it they can explain how their miserable looking room or closet got to be that way, opt to remain anonymous throughout the process to prevent embarrassment, and share photos.
Shatter President Peter Ronca said that in 20 years, he regularly sees computer rooms with what he called a "spaghetti mess of wiring."
"You don't have to live with an ugly closet that can cause many problems," Ronca said.
Unkempt rooms, he said, can lead to security issues, power problems and having servers overheat, all of which can lead to downtime. Rooms tend to get overrun with wires, he said, when companies keep adding servers.
"As they get bigger they start dealing with the pains of not dealing with the situation of having a physical mess and down time," he said. "Whether that be an hour a day or hours a day, it shouldn't be that way."
He added that the original intent of the contest was to run the contest alone. But they contacted Working Knowledge to assist. This way, contestants want to retain their equipment and not move data to Shatter's off-site center can do so.
Working Knowledge President Deny Adelman said his company will manage and route cables. They'll also dress up the entire infrastructure.
"All of that allows for adds, moves and changes, and for easier upgrades in the future," Adelman said.
Submissions will be taken through June 3, and three finalists will be posted to Shatter's Facebook page on June 11. Online votes will determine a winner, which will be announced June 28.
For more, visit www.shatterit.com.