As the world strives to more effectively roll out coronavirus vaccines, VMware isn't rushing to re-launch face-to-face technology conferences. Instead, the multi-cloud enterprise software provider has confirmed that all of its major 2021 conferences -- VMworld, VMware Carbon Black Connect, and more -- will be purely digital (i.e., virtual) events.
VMware's confirmed dates for virtual 2021 events include:
- May 12-13: CloudLive 2021, hosted by CloudHealth by VMware.
- June 3: VMware Carbon Black 2021 for cybersecurity professionals and partners.
- September 1-2: SpringOne developer conference.
- October 5-7: VMware VMworld 2021 conference.
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Meanwhile, companies such as Microsoft and Cisco Systems have previously stated that they will re-evaluate potential face-to-face conferences in mid-2021 -- essentially, at the start of their next fiscal years. In the meantime, the Microsoft Ignite 2021 conference is confirmed as a virtual event in March.
When Will Face to Face Technology Conferences Resume?
VMware is one of the first major technology companies to publicly disclose dates for flagship events throughout the 2021 calendar.
In contrast, some technology companies plan to push ahead with these face-to-face conferences in 2021. Also, multiple technology firms hope covid-19 vaccinations will mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, and pave the way for major face-to-face conferences to resume around Q4 2021 -- and perhaps even sooner, sources tell ChannelE2E.
Among the silent moves that are under way: Multiple technology firms are quietly negotiating with conference and expo halls in Las Vegas -- choosing preferred dates in Q4 2021 while also trying to negotiate contingency clauses and backup dates based on the pandemic's evolving status in the United States. In fact, Q4 2021 conference space in Las Vegas is selling fast, two sources tell ChannelE2E.