RALEIGHRed Hat isn’t taking any chances with the coronavirus.

As a “precautionary measure,” the open source giant is cancelling the physical event of Red Hat Summit 2020, which was scheduled to take place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from April 28-29.

Instead, it’s now rebuilding the annual occasion as a free and immersive “virtual experience,” including the same content that was planned for the physical event – keynotes, breakout sessions, access to Red Hat experts, and more.

“Like others, we have been closely monitoring evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, including guidance from the CDC, WHO and other health authorities,” the company stated in a blog post on March 4. “The safety and wellbeing of Red Hat Summit attendees is our top priority.”

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Red Hat said it is still working through many of the details for the virtual event, but is excited about the opportunity to share the latest in Linux, cloud, automation and management, container, and Kubernetes technologies “to an even wider global audience.”

“We will post additional information here and on the Red Hat Summit site as we have it.”

Worldwide, major conferences and trade shows are getting canceled or postponed at historic rates as the novel coronavirus outbreak spreads across the globe.

Earlier this week, Cary’s Epic Games cancelled Unreal Fest Europe 2020, which was scheduled to be held in Prague from April 29-May 1. Other big tech conferences that have already been axed because of the outbreak include Facebook’s F8, the Geneva Motor Show and Mobile World Congress.

Red Hat, IBM join growing list of big companies cancelling events over virus fears