Contest: What Lurks In Your IT Shadows?

Ever found something gross or surprising among the switches and servers? Share your story and win an Amazon gift card.

Susan Fogarty

October 13, 2014

1 Min Read
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Perhaps the most frightening sight you've witnessed in your IT environment is something like this:

But if you've been in technology for long, it's probable that you've encountered some interesting things -- some scary, some puzzling, and some downright disgusting -- in the server room, the wiring closet, and especially in those cable runs.

I've heard tales of IT pros finding everything from underwear to cartons of Chinese food and all species of dead rodents surfacing among their servers, switches, and cabling. One engineer even reported finding a can of SpaghettiOs (in cabling in the ceiling, no less), which he proceeded to open and eat for lunch. 

The data center is usually a different story. Since it's a controlled environment, wild animals and food products should be kept to a minimum. But the surveillance cameras are handy for picking up supernatural activity.

What creepy or crawly things have you found while on the job? Tell us your story in the comments. We'll pick one response on Halloween, October 31, at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT). That lucky community member will win a $50 Amazon gift card. Promotional terms apply.

Don't spare any of the gory details -- we want to hear them all. Then come back and vote for your favorites!


About the Author(s)

Susan Fogarty

Director of ContentSusan Fogarty is the Director of Content for Interop and UBM’s media properties InformationWeek and Network Computing. She’s an industry veteran who knows the IT audience very well, having served in content development for the event for four years and media for IT professionals for more than 20 years. Prior to joining UBM in 2012, she held an Editor position with Dell and worked at TechTarget, where she served as an Editorial Director, for 11 years.

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