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DattoCon21 Face-to-Face Conference: Datto Has Plan B Just In Case

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Datto is closely monitoring the COVID-19 Delta variant, and its potential impact on DattoCon21. a face-to-face MSP conference planned for October in Seattle, CEO Tim Weller said during the company's August 11, 2021 earnings call.

DattoCon21 is planned as a hybrid event with face-to-face and virtual components. Weller said the face-to-face plan remains in place, but didn't guarantee that the face-to-face component will happen.

"Clearly, health and safety predominate and if it's not possible, we won't do it ," Weller told Wall Street analysts. "And we are not going to put employees, MSPs, other vendor partners ."

Keep in mind: The paragraph above was one sound bite in a longer discussion on the earnings call. Weller was not predicting an actual cancellation. And at present, the face-to-face event plan remains in place -- though attendance could be pressured by the pandemic's status worldwide, he allowed.

"So I would think a betting person would assume it's meaningfully smaller than a full size event in terms of in-person," Weller said. "But one thing that's happened and gone very well for us in the pandemic is, we have had some phenomenal 1,000, 2,00- plus person events, many of those . And so we know how to run large virtual events at scale as well. So we feel pretty well hedged. And we have got Plan A, Plan B on all those things."

Upcoming MSP Technology Conferences

Multiple technology companies will be tracking the Delta variant's spread as their MSP technology conferences approach. Upcoming events include:

Watch the ChannelE2E homepage and our complete technology industry calendar for ongoing schedule updates -- and potential changes.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.