Christopher Tozzi

Christopher
Tozzi

Christopher Tozzi has covered the channel for The VAR Guy on a freelance basis since 2008, with an emphasis on open source, Linux, virtualization, SDN, containers, data storage and related topics. He also teaches history at a major university in Washington, D.C. He occasionally combines these interests by writing about the history of software. His book on this topic, For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution, is forthcoming with MIT Press.

Articles
What Do Continuous Delivery Servers Like Shippable Mean for MSPs?
What Do Continuous Delivery Servers Like Shippable Mean for MSPs?
MSPs can provide the extra services required for organizations to achieve true continuous delivery.
Understanding Docker's Enterprise Services Offerings
Understanding Docker's Enterprise Services Offerings
Docker, Inc. now offers several types of enterprise support packages, which include management services for Docker containers. However, MSPs can still offer some managed services in better ways than Docker.
Managed Services and Cloud Hosting: What the Leading Cloud Hosts Offer
Managed Services and Cloud Hosting: What the Leading Cloud Hosts Offer
We compare the extent to which managed services are built into each major cloud platform, how easy it is to obtain third-party managed services and which cloud platforms are most in need of additional managed-service help.
Everything-as-a-Service Exceptions: Things that Don't Work as a Service
Everything-as-a-Service Exceptions: Things that Don't Work as a Service 2
Almost everything you require to meet your IT needs can now be obtained "as a service," but it's important to recognize the exceptions to the Everything-as-a-Service, or XaaS, paradigm.
DevSecOps, Machine Learning and Beyond: How IT Security is Changing
DevSecOps, Machine Learning and Beyond: How IT Security is Changing
Machine learning, automation, immutable infrastructure and DevSecOps are redefining IT security strategies.
Five Ways MSPs Can Add Value to Free and Open Source Software
Five Ways MSPs Can Add Value to Free and Open Source Software
If you're an MSP, you should understand how open source code can be leveraged to provide products or services that people are willing to pay for.
5 Facts Everyone Should Know about Containers
5 Facts Everyone Should Know about Containers 4
Here are a handful of key things about containers that are often overlooked or poorly understood.
What Is a Microservice, Anyway? A Primer for MSPs
What Is a Microservice, Anyway? A Primer for MSPs
It's a buzzword that your customers have probably heard by now, but that they likely don't fully understand. As an MSP, it's your job to educate them.
Fighting the DIY Mentality in the Managed Services Market
Fighting the DIY Mentality in the Managed Services Market
Twenty-five years ago, before open source became widespread, it was not possible for most organizations to use in-house resources to create the services that they needed to operate.
Software Monitoring and MSPs in the DevOps and Microservices Age
Software Monitoring and MSPs in the DevOps and Microservices Age
Application uptime and performance monitoring needs are different in the DevOps age; so is the approach that MSPs in managed IT services should take to monitoring.
MSPs and Managed Services are Key to the Post-DevOps World
MSPs and Managed Services are Key to the Post-DevOps World

By now, almost everyone knows and loves DevOps. But what will be the next trend after DevOps has gone mainstream? There's a good chance the answer will be NoOps -- and that managed services providers (MSPs) will help deliver it.

DevOps Dictionary: A Guide to DevOps Words and Terms
DevOps Dictionary: A Guide to DevOps Words and Terms
DevOps has spawned a number of new words and terms -- and redefined existing ones -- since it began influencing communities of developers and sysadmins in the late 2000s.
Top IT Trends MSPs Need to Know Today
Top IT Trends MSPs Need to Know Today
We summarize and define of some of the most popular computing trends today, including Blockchain, serverless computing, cognitive computing, containers and microservices, IoT and DevOps.
It's Time to Start Thinking about Cognitive Computing
It's Time to Start Thinking about Cognitive Computing
We're only on the cusp of it but if you're not yet thinking in cognitive terms, now's the time to start.
Open Source Software and Security: What You Need to Know
Open Source Software and Security: What You Need to Know 2
There's long-standing debate about whether code that is open is inherently less secure. There are two main schools of thought.



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