Citrix held their first (or one of their first?) "virtual" trade shows last Friday, called Citrix Delivery Center live. I attended (virtually), and it was actually pretty cool. It was basically like watching a live webcast (audio + slides), although there were different forums and chat areas and vendors set up. It's certainly not replacing a real live conference anytime soon, but it was generally worthwhile and something I had running in the background all day.
As it turns out, both Microsoft and VMware have upcoming virtual virtualization events.
Microsoft is hosting a Live Meeting today at 8:00 Pacific Time (4:00pm GMT) to talk about virtualization and on-premise clouds. I guess this is like the old "internal ASP"? (free registration) It seems like most of the talk here will be about Azure.
Then next week, VMware is hosting an "Online Virtualization Forum," Tuesday, December 16, from 8:00 - 5:00 PST. (registration is free) This looks pretty cool, with online breakout sessions, chats, vendors, etc.
See, even without wasting time traveling to physical conferences anymore, we can still waste time attending conferences!