Data Center Manager of the Year Finalists

Here are the three finalists listed in alphabetical order.


Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer at Verne Global

Notable Achievement – Verne Global’s Icelandic campus is the industry’s first efficient, sustainable, recyclable, zero emission data center.

Tate Cantrell has primary responsibilities at Verne Global for product design and development, and data center operations. Mr. Cantrell has overseen the build-out and operations of some the largest and most sophisticated data centers in the industry.

– 15+ Years’ Experience

– 25 Staff Members

– Innovative designs utilizing geothermal and hydroelectric energy for power and cooling

– ISO 27001 Certification Standard for Information Security




Tate Cantrell’s primary responsibilities include product design and development, and data center operations. Mr. Cantrell has been in the mission-critical facilities business for more than 15 years and has overseen the build-out and operations of some the largest and most sophisticated data centers in the industry.

Prior to Verne Global, Mr. Cantrell was VP of data center technologies at DuPont Fabros Technology, the second-largest pure-play data center REIT in the United States. He was responsible for development and execution of operational strategies critical to the start-up of the DuPont Fabros Development Wholesale Data Center business model, the first of its kind in the industry. Mr. Cantrell negotiated key operations contracts, developed vendor relations strategies, facilitated purchasing strategies for new data center equipment, and oversaw technical due diligence of existing and new properties. He also provided technical support for marketing and key business strategy expansion opportunities, and directed and managed strategy for IT systems. Mr. Cantrell was involved with all 10 of DuPont Fabros’ data center developments.

Prior to DuPont Fabros, he was a senior electrical engineer at CCG Facilities Integration, Inc. In that capacity, he acted as project manager, lead project engineer and commissioning coordinator for mission-critical applications across a variety of sectors. He also worked on mission-critical projects for clients that included A1 Netcom, AboveNet, Citigroup, Discovery Channel, Fannie Mae, Morgan Stanley, Sprint, Terremark, and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Cantrell started his career in computer facilities as a research programmer and systems administrator for the first supercomputer facility in Louisiana during his tenure at Tulane University.

Donna Manley, Senior IT Director at the University of Pennsylvania

Notable Achievement: University of Pennsylvania is the only Ivy League University with ISO 9001.

Donna Manley is the senior IT director at the University of Pennsylvania’s Information Systems and Computing (ISC) organization. Ms. Manley evaluates evolving technologies and the changing demands of the Penn community, finding creative ways to prolong the life of the existing Data Center well beyond the expected capacity limits.

  • – 25+ years’ experience
  • – 28 Staff Members
  • – ITSMF V3 Certified – Foundations
  • – ITSMF V2 Certified – Foundations



Donna Manley is an IT senior director for the University of Pennsylvania’s Information Systems and Computing (ISC) organization, managing its central administrative data center, the sole Ivy League University ISO 9001:2008 certified data center for quality across all ISC computer operations services and support disciplines. Involved in various information technology national and local organizations, she currently serves as president of the AFCOM Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the information systems field for both corporate and not-for-profit organizations, and skills in a wide variety of technology and business disciplines, Ms. Manley has traditionally been brought in to transform organizations into more efficient operations. She has written for a number of leading healthcare publications and speaks locally and nationally on a variety of information systems topics, including process improvement strategies. Currently, she is authoring a book, “ITIL Assessment, Planning, and Management.”

David Shaw, Senior Vice President at IO

Notable Achievement: Manages over 1.5 million square feet of data center facilities  – including the world’s largest modular data center.

As Senior Vice President at IO,David Shaw is responsible for IO’s global Data Center as a Service (DCaaS™). Mr. Shaw oversaw the opening of the world’s largest modular data center, IO.New Jersey, in Edison, New Jersey, and ensured that the facility was 100 percent operational during Hurricane Sandy and in its aftermath in late 2012.

– 15+ years’ experience

– 50 Staff Members

– 25 years of global data center operations, engineering management & information technology experience

– Certified Specialist in Information Technology Infrastructure (ITIL)


David Shaw serves as senior VP of IO. Based in Phoenix AZ, he is responsible for IO’s global Data Center as a Service (DCaaS™), facility operations and support services. Mr. Shaw brings over 30 years of experience to IO, including global data center operations, engineering management, and information technology services.

Over the last two years he has been responsible for the DCaaS operation of the IO Anywhere and IO.OS products, a fully integrated modular data center system that provides flexibility, reliability, and energy efficiency.

Prior to joining IO, he led the greenfield build and operational implementation of a 7MW data center to support electronic medical records and critical patient care systems for 26 hospitals and services across five states.

He was also responsible over a 10-year period for global data center management at Perot Systems.

Mr. Shaw has extensive data center operations and management-related experience in the healthcare, finance, defense, government and IT manufacturing industries with region-specific expertise in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and the Middle East.

He received in-depth specialist data center and operations training from IBM and the UK Ministry of Defense, and is certified in ITIL service management. While serving in the Royal Air Force, he graduated in electronic engineering and studied computer-aided engineering, specializing in robotics.

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