With all the changes we’ve endured during the pandemic, it’s good to know that there are some positive things to look forward to in the coming months.  While many offices might be temporarily closed and travel put on hold, the focus for many is still on serving the IT community. Every year, we look forward to IT-focused events and conferences to stay up to date on current trends and advancements in technology. This year, even with the concerns of large gatherings of people,  the IT community has pivoted to accommodate the need. Many, if not all, have gone virtual to serve their partner communities, with many being totally free, and we couldn’t be happier. Maybe in the past it would have been difficult to take a few days to get away to attend one of these events but this year, there’s a whole new spin! Here are 4 events turned virtual you won’t want to miss. 



VeeamON 2020 is being reinvented as an online experience and promises to help you elevate your cloud data strategy. Lasting from June 17th to the 18th, this free event wants to inspire you and educate you on how you can level-up your skills. Attendees can look forward to 20 live breakout sessions plus several on-demand sessions. Check out the video below for a few quick highlights.

Head on over to the registration page to sign up.

Cisco Live

CiscoLive 2020 is Calling All IT Heroes! As said on their registration page, ‘The Cisco Live 2020 digital event will gather the best and the brightest IT heroes to imagine these possibilities’. This event lasts from June 2nd to June 3rd. IT Heroes can look forward to keynotes from experts, deep-dive technical sessions, social engagement, stories of leadership and inspiration and more! All for free and from the comfort of your home.

There's something for just about everyone at CiscoLive. With technology tracks on Collaboration, Enterprise Networks, Security, Service Providers, Thought Leadership and DevNet, you're bound to find something you won't want to miss. Extra bonus, follow along on your favorite social channels for contests and prizes during the event. Search #CiscoLive for all the details.

If this event catches your fancy, you can learn more from their registration page

Variphy Block Party

Variphy’s block party boasts $10k in prizes, live product demos and Q&A’s, at this 100% digital event. Attendees can look forward to keynote & product roadmaps, hearing from current Variphy customers and ninja technical trainers, and, our personal favorite, a drink mixology course. The IT Ninjas at Variphy are definitely not boring and you'll have a great time learning why Variphy is a great option for your business or taking your current installation up a notch. Variphy's Block party will  place June 1st & June 2nd, this free event really seems like a party! 

If you want to sign up, you can reserve your spot on their reservation page. You should hurry as the first 300 attendees to sign on receive a Free CDR Kittens T-Shirt!


VMWorld will be a digital, online event taking place the week of September 28th, 2020. While not much else is set in stone for the event, VMWorld will host online learning experiences where professionals can hear new technology solutions, hear perspectives from VMware executives, dive into educational and technical content, and engage with industry experts. Learning tracks include App Modernization, Multi-Cloud strategies, Intrinsic Security and Digital Workspace. Take a peek at 2019's Keynote address which was perhaps a harbinger of things to come by Shankar Iyer and Shawn Bass. They jumped headfirst into championing the employee digital experience.


If you would like to stay up to date on this event, you can check out their FAQ page

While it may have seemed like this year’s industry leading events may have been a wash, it’s great to see our fears being dashed. Instead of missing out on all the learning experiences, we all get the added benefit of watching them in our own homes.