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Shawn Conaway - . Brookfield, WI, US

Shawn Conaway Shawn Conaway


Cutting edge technology speaker





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Shawn Conaway has held a variety of challenging leadership roles throughout his 15 years in IT. He has managed systems infrastructure for many Fortune 500 companies. His experience spans many diverse opportunities from automating system builds for thousands of servers, to writing and testing disaster recovery plans, to designing and managing storage area networks, fibre channel networks, and virtual infrastructures.

Mr. Conaway has been involved in a multitude of projects that were critical to business success. Some of these projects include server consolidation studies, data center energy assessments, data center heating and cooling assessment, storage evaluations, systems management deployments, and project management opportunities.

Shawn Conaway is currently focusing his efforts on managing a tier III data center and 35 remote server rooms. Cumulatively, these sites support over 500 servers.

Shawn Conaway is an avid writer on a wide array of topics usually focused around technology, consumer electronics, virtualization, and certification. He has written hundreds of articles for a multitude of technology outlets such as C-NET, Technical Support Magazine, Network Support Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Gizmos for Geeks, Certification Magazine, and many other magazines, newspapers, and websites.

Mr. Conaway has worked with x86 virtualization since VMware was just a year old. He is a recognized expert in the virtualization marketplace. He has designed and built fully redundant fault tolerant virtual infrastructures from the ground, up. He started the book VMware Certified Professional Test Prep. He also created Virtualize! Magazine and Tech Toys Magazine. Virtualize! specializes in virtual operating systems, virtual applications, virtual networks, and virtual applications. Tech Toys Magazine is focused on covering consumer electronics gadgets, games, gizmos, and gear. The websites for each magazine can be found at and, respectively.

Shawn Conaway has earned a variety of technical certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA), Symantec Certified Specialist (SCS), and the IT Infrastructure Library-3 (ITIL) certificate.

Industry Expertise (3)

Information Technology and Services

Computer Networking

Consumer Electronics

Areas of Expertise (5)


Data Centers


Managing Opex and Capex


Event Appearances (3)

The Cost and Savings of Virtualizing Your Data Center

Data Center World  Las Vegas, NV


Data Center Virtualization

DataCenterDynamics  Chicago, IL


Selecting Data Center Cloud Services and Colocation Sites

IMN Financing, Investing, & Real Estate Development for Data Centers  Los Angeles, CA


Sample Talks (1)

Reduce Infrastructure Costs by Building a Virtual Data Center

- Identify costs of maintaining a physical server environment. - Identify associated data center costs for supporting the physical environment - Show how the cost of deploying a new virtual environment reduces long term costs. - Show how efficiencies with the new infrastructure pay for the cost of deploying the new infrastructure in just over a year - Costs comparisons for site selection (build in NY vs. build in Chicago vs. colocation)



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  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance


1000 to 2500