Holiday Data Center Cartoon Caption Contest

It’s holiday season and what better way to enjoy it than with a data center holiday cartoon. Kip and Gary are back, and Kip is rocking his favorite Christmas sweater while enjoying the cold aisle.

Here’s how it works: We provide the cartoon, drawn by our cartoonist Diane Alber, and you, the reader, submit captions. Please add them in the comments below. We will then choose three finalists and you will have a chance to vote on your favorite. The winner will receive their caption in a signed print by Diane!

For more of Diane’s work, visit

Last Week’s Winner

Congrats to Mike, last week’s winner for the EPO cartoon, who had submitted the winning caption: “Ooh – I just love these new automatic doors that have the Easy Power Opening technology.”

Reindeer in the data center

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About the Author

Colleen Miller is a journalist and social media specialist. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, with her most recent work dedicated to the online space. Colleen covers the data center industry, including topics such as modular, cloud and storage/big data.

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  1. "Judging from the red light on the front, this reindeer has a failed hard drive."

  2. Gary meet our new data center engineer, Rudolf. With the help of his magical red nose he will help us identify energy inefficiencies.

  3. Haley Stevenson

    What? "Lights out" means no "people"!

  4. Dude, just like everybody else. Got that deer in the hard drive look.

  5. Well you said you wanted new racks this one is used to running in cooler temps

  6. Joe S

    Well Gary - I got what you asked for. A standalone rack with integrated alarm bells and a warning light.

  7. Chris

    Hey Gary, check out the latest green, rack mount that just came out....

  8. "Yup, we’re talking state-of-the-art DCIM. He comes with audible and visual alarm notification and he’s fast—he can span continents in the blink of an eye."

  9. Yeah, I found him in our new biomass power plant, he looked a bit bored so I thought I'd show him around!

  10. Running no-lights and Rudolf on the data floor will really help our PUE! or I know we have cages but you're taking Christmas too far! or I said the servers were "dear" not "deer"!

  11. Alex Ogata

    We are following Santa's redundancy plan to become a 4n+1 facility.

  12. Dale Stout

    Santa did get you a Vixen.

  13. His antlers are great at multi-patching!

  14. Michael S

    ...And the best part is that he's used to working Christmas night...without getting holiday pay!

  15. Natalija Pavic

    "Since we couldn't find our way through all the cables, I thought Rudolph could light our path"

  16. Bill L

    ... and with this widespread unemployment, can anyone Verify his H-1B ?

  17. "After watching his nose closely I realized he was communicating in binary. We could use his help around here"

  18. Elizabeth

    "Well, our budget is never going to have room for new fiber optic test equipment. So, Rudy here is going to help me find that faulty fiber strand!"

  19. Wayne Barker

    Rudolf is here to check out Santa's naughty and nice servers.

  20. Frank Bulk

    Hey, think is good enough to win the "Most into Christmas" category at the company party?

  21. Jason T

    "Clean up in isle three."

  22. Kara

    I thought this place needed a little more Christmas spirit!

  23. With global warming and all, the coldest place Santa could think of to house the reindeer was here in the Data Center.

  24. Glenn Hasbrouck

    He Gary! I think I found the new EPO button.