The VAR Guy tried to unplug during the holidays. But anxious readers kept sending our resident blogger more and more email. The big topic of discussion: Updating a list of 75 different channel partner conferences and events in 2011. So, based on reader demand, here is that updated list -- which now totals 99 channel partner events, conferences, summits and more. For the most part each conference is designed for VARs and/or managed services providers — though a few focus more on ISVs (independent software vendors). Take a look.

Before you jump into the updated list please note:
  • Disclaimer: Some dates and locations are known. Some are unknown. Dates and locations could be subject to change. Check in with the event host.
  • Help Wanted: If you’re aware of additional events that may be worth tracking please post a comment
  • Local Distractions: If you love a specific restaurant, hotel, bar or theme park in a host city… please post a comment.
  • Bonus: Once again The VAR Guy avoided the temptation to turn this into a lame, sleep-inducing 76-page slide show. Imagine that: All the content you need on a SINGLE web page that really serves readers. How unique.
  • Corrections: Post a comment if you have a correction or point of clarification.

Let’s Get Started

Now, here’s the list of 99 channel partner summits, events and conferences for 2011…
  1. January 19-20: Pentaho Global Partner Summit, San Francisco
  2. Jan. 24-25: Accela Partner Summit, Lake Tahoe
  3. Jan. 30-Feb. 3: Lotusphere, Orlando
  4. Feb. 2-4: Digium AsteriskWorld, Miami Beach
  5. Feb. 3-6: Kaspersky Lab Americas Partner Conference 2011, Riviera Maya, Mexico
  6. Feb. 8-11: VMware Partner Exchange 2011, Orlando
  7. Feb. 14-18: RSA Conference, San Francisco
  8. Feb. 15-16: IBM PartnerWorld, Orlando, Fla.
  9. Feb. 22-24: Parallels Summit, Orlando
  10. Feb. 24: ASCII Success Summit, Newport Beach, Calif.
  11. Feb. 27: IBM Tivoli Business Partner Summit at Pulse
  12. Feb. 28-March 3: Cisco Partner Summit, New Orleans
  13. Feb. 28-March 3: Enterprise Connect (formerly VoiceCon), Orlando
  14. Feb. 28-March 4: Autodesk One Team Conference
  15. March 3-4: MVP Nation, Seattle
  16. March 6-9: Xchange Solution Provider 2011, Orlando
  17. March 7-10: CloudConnect, Santa Clara, Calif.
  18. March 13-15: Channel Partners Conference, Las Vegas
  19. March 13-14: SMB Voice
  20. March 15-17: Intermedia Partner Summit, New York
  21. March 16-19: Spring Training for Business, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  22. March 20-24: Novell Brainshare, Salt Lake City, Utah
  23. April 1: The VAR Guy’s Everything Else Channel-related, location TBD
  24. April 3-6: QlikView Qonnections 2011 Global Partner Summit, Miami Beach
  25. April 4-6: SugarCon, San Francisco (links to 2010 event)
  26. April 9-14: Telepresence World, Las Vegas
  27. April 10-12: Synnex Varnex Spring Conference, Boston
  28. April 10-13: Ingram Micro VTN Spring Invitational, Chicago
  29. April 11-14: MySQL Conference and Expo, Santa Clara, Calif.
  30. April 28: ASCII Success Summit, Washington, D.C.
  31. May 1-3: Kaseya Connect 2011, Las Vegas
  32. May 4-7: Midsize Enterprise Summit East (from EverythingChannel), Orlando, Fla.
  33. May 2-5: HTG Summit, Dallas
  34. May 3-4: Manged Print Services Global Conference, Orlando, Fla.
  35. May 3-6: Red Hat Summit, Boston
  36. May 8-12: NetSuite SuiteWorld, San Francisco
  37. May 10-11: Google I/O, San Francisco (link to 2010 event)
  38. May 12-14: Ingram Micro PCS Event, Hollywood, Fla.
  39. May 16-19: Microsoft TechEd North America, Atlanta]
  40. May 22-24: Autotask Community Live, Miami (link to 2010 event)
  41. May 22-26: viaVerio Partner Summit, Boca Raton, Fla.
  42. May 23-24: Citrix Partner Summit, San Francisco
  43. May 25-28: Ingram Micro DC/POS Invitational, Chicago
  44. June 10-11: SMB Nation Spring
  45. June 15-17: XChange Public Sector, Jacksonville, Fla.
  46. June 23: ASCII Success Summit, Chicago
  47. July 10-14: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Los Angeles
  48. July 10-13: Sage Summit, National Harbor, Md.
  49. July 21: ASCII Success Summit, Orlando, Fla.
  50. July 25-29: OSCON Cloud Summit, Portland, Ore. (link to 2010 event)
  51. Aug. 1-4: CompTIA Breakaway, Washington DC
  52. Aug. 8-10: HostingCon, San Diego
  53. Aug. 10-13: XChange Americas, Denver, Colo.
  54. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: VMworld, Las Vegas (link to 2010 event)
  55. Aug. 29-31: Ingram Micro SMBA Invitational, Hollywood, Fla.
  56. Sept. 11-14: Midsize Enterprise Summit West (from EverythingChannel), Huntington Beach, Calif.
  57. Sept. 21-22: Managed Services World Conference, Berlin, Germany
  58. Sept. 22: ASCII Success Summit, Woburn, Mass.
  59. Sept. 30-Oct. 2: SMB Nation Fall
  60. Oct. 2: Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum at Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco
  61. Oct. 2-6: Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco
  62. Oct. 2-5, Ingram Micro VTN Fall Invitational, San Francisco
  63. Oct. 12-14: XChange Tech Innovators, Miami, Fla.
  64. Oct. 19-21: Tigerpaw User Conference, Dallas
  65. Oct. 27: ASCII Success Summit, New Brunswick, N.J.
  66. Nov. 7-9: HTG All, Orlando
  67. Nov. 9-11: ConnectWise IT Nation, Orlando
  68. Nov. 10-12: Ingram Micro GovEd Alliance Invitational, Orlando
  69. Nov. 13-15: Synnex Varnex Fall Conference, Las Vegas
  70. Nov. 13-17: CAWorld, Las Vegas
2011 Events… Checking Potential Dates and Locations…
  1. Asigra Partner Summit (sometime in June 2011)
  2. Avaya Americas Partner Conference
  3. Avnet Technology Solutions/IBM Partner Summit
  4. Avnet Technology Solutions/Oracle Partner Summit
  5. Avnet Technology Solutions/Cisco Partner Summit
  6. Avnet Technology Solutions/HP Partner Summit
  7. Channel Management Summit
  8. Cisco Partner Velocity (link to 2010 event)
  9. EMC Partner Summit: Noticed a European partner summit in October 2010… Checking on North America for 2011
  10. F5 Networks Partner Summit
  11. HP Americas Partner Conference: Checking to see if it’s held annually
  12. Ingram Micro Cloud Summit: Checking to see if Ingram will make the 2010 event an annual gathering
  13. Ingram Micro Seismic Partner Summit: Potentially Merging with Ingram Micro Cloud Summit? Hmmm…
  14. Juniper J-Partner Summit
  15. MSP University Boot Camps: Multiple stops
  16. MSPWorld: Multiple events in multiple cities, hosted by MSPAlliance
  17. McAfee Focus: Typically includes a global partner day. The VAR Guy will be watching to see if McAfee partner conference changes/evolves under Intel ownership.
  18. N-able Partner Summit
  19. NetApp Partner Summit (link to 2010 event)
  20. Nimsoft N-fluence (link to 2010 event)
  21. Open-Xchange Partner Summit
  22. Quest Partner Summit
  23. Rackspace Partner Leadership Summit
  24. Salesforce.com DreamForce Summit
  25. SAP Partner Summit: Typically held in the first half of the calendar year
  26. SAP Sapphire: A larger user conference that includes plenty of partners
  27. Spiceworks Spiceworld
  28. Symantec Partner Engage
  29. Tech Data TechSelect: Multiple events

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In return for your contributions and recommendations The VAR Guy promises to post an updated list each quarter in 2011.

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