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
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
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.
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.
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