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
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.
Is the Cloud Right for You? The Trade-Offs of Cloud Computing
Is the Cloud Right for You? The Trade-Offs of Cloud Computing
For MSPs, deciding whether or not to migrate to the cloud requires weighing cloud downtime and other risks against benefits like scalability and outsourced infrastructure management.
What Blockchain Means (Hint: Not Just Bitcoin), and Why You Should Care
What Blockchain Means (Hint: Not Just Bitcoin), and Why You Should Care
If you haven't been paying much attention to the distributed database technology made famous by Bitcoin, it's time to start. Here's an overview of what blockchain is and why it matters now.
Will Lock-In Fears Scare Clients Away from AWS Lambda Serverless Computing?
Will Lock-In Fears Scare Clients Away from AWS Lambda Serverless Computing?
Open alternatives to AWS's serverless computing framework are emerging from vendors like Platform9, which sees lock-in as a major problem.
How Data Storage is Changing - and What It Means for MSPs
How Data Storage is Changing - and What It Means for MSPs
NoSQL, in-memory computing, software-defined storage, cloud storage, container-ready storage and other trends are significantly changing the approach MSPs should take to data storage.
Why Cybersecurity Is Now Every MSP's Responsibility
Why Cybersecurity Is Now Every MSP's Responsibility
In an age when the threat of cyberattacks looms in virtually every part of your app and infrastructure, security has become every MSP's concern.
Five Open Source Projects that MSPs Should Be Following
Five Open Source Projects that MSPs Should Be Following 1
The projects are building platforms that are poised to become increasingly important in the managed IT services market.
Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Managed Services Providers
Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Managed Services Providers
Continuous Delivery is forcing MSPs to support fast, constant streams of software updates, while delivering excellent software quality.
Five Technologies and Trends MSPs Should Embrace
Five Technologies and Trends MSPs Should Embrace 1
Containers, Infrastructure-as-Code, open source are among increasingly important tools for MSPs that want to keep their businesses efficient and clients happy.



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