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.

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Five Technologies and Trends MSPs Should Embrace
Five Technologies and Trends MSPs Should Embrace
Containers, Infrastructure-as-Code, open source are among increasingly important tools for MSPs that want to keep their businesses efficient and clients happy.
Why MSPs Need Monitoring, Data Analytics and Log Aggregation
Why MSPs Need Monitoring, Data Analytics and Log Aggregation 1
As an IT managed services provider, you supply infrastructure and support services to your clients. But do you also deliver monitoring and analytics? If not, you should. Here's why.
Five Ways Open Source Software Can Benefit MSPs
Five Ways Open Source Software Can Benefit MSPs 1
Open source software means programs whose source code is freely shared and can be viewed by anyone. Access to source code facilitates modification of the programs and provides users with other freedoms not available from closed-source software.
Why MSPs Should Add Computer Disposal to the Services They Provide
Why MSPs Should Add Computer Disposal to the Services They Provide
Want to make money for yourself and deliver an important service to your customers? Help them get rid of old hardware.
Three Ways MSPs Can Add Value to the Consumer IoT Market
Three Ways MSPs Can Add Value to the Consumer IoT Market
MSPs can add value to the IoT market by helping to manage and secure IoT devices in ways that IoT vendors themselves do not do.
The Internet of Things: Separating Hype from Reality
The Internet of Things: Separating Hype from Reality
There's no shortage of hype about the Internet of Things and connected devices. To understand how to do IoT properly, however, you need to separate the hype from the reality of IoT adoption and connectivity today. Taking full advantage of the IoT for yourself and your customers requires recognizing several core truths about the IoT.
An MSP's Guide to Lambda Functions on the AWS Public Cloud
An MSP's Guide to Lambda Functions on the AWS Public Cloud

AWS Lambda functions are emerging as one of the most popular instances on Amazon's public cloud platform. Here's a primer on what Lambda functions are, and how they can help MSPs.

Docker vs. Virtual Machines: Understanding the Performance Differences
Docker vs. Virtual Machines: Understanding the Performance Differences
Here's what to know about the performance relationship between containers and virtual machines.
Maximizing Website Uptime during Holiday Shopping Season
Maximizing Website Uptime during Holiday Shopping Season 1
Tips for keeping retail websites running smoothly under heavy load and with fluctuating traffic.
How MSPs can Deliver Managed Docker Environments with Containers-as-a-Service
How MSPs Can Deliver Managed Docker Environments With Containers-as-a-Service
Containers-as-a-Service, or CaaS, is becoming one of the most popular ways for companies to use Docker. Here's what MSPs need to know about adding CaaS to the services they deliver to customers.
The Mainframe Market is Alive and Well -- And in Need of MSPs
The Mainframe Market is Alive and Well -- And in Need of MSPs
Mainframes are still essential to business operations, but many companies lack mainframe expertise. MSPs can help by offering managed services for mainframes.
Cybersecurity Today: Keeping Clients Secure from 'Dumb' Hackers
Cybersecurity Today: Keeping Clients Secure From 'Dumb' Hackers
Recent cybersecurity attacks, such as the Dyn outage and the Podesta email leaks, did not involve technically sophisticated breaches. They were the work of "dumb" hackers who took advantage of very simple security flaws.
Why Passwords Are Obsolete as an IoT Security Solution
Why Passwords Are Obsolete as an IoT Security Solution 1

Last week's Dyn DNS outage has the Internet abuzz with warnings about Internet of Things (IoT) devices with weak passwords. Here's what most articles are missing, but MSPs should know: Password security is on the way out, especially on the IoT.

What MSPs Should Learn from the Dyn Internet Attack
What MSPs Should Learn from the Dyn Internet Attack

What can MSPs learn from last week's DDoS attack against Dyn, which brought dozens of major websites to crawl? It's simple: Keep users secure by changing default access credentials on networks or infrastructure MSPs manage.

Note to MSPs: Government Agencies Want More Open Source Software
Note to MSPs: Government Agencies Want More Open Source Software

One of the biggest trends today in the government sector is high demand for open source software. If you're an MSP, it's time to take notice.

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