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Foreword

The Xen open source hypervisor is changing the world of virtualization. It encourages the broad distribution of a common industry standard hypervisor that runs on a wide range of architectures from super computers to servers to clients to PDAs. By focusing on the hypervisor, the “engine” of virtualization, rather than a specific product embodiment, the Xen open source project enables multiple vendors and the community to combine the common cross platform virtualization features of Xen into exciting new products and service offerings.

To date, the community around the Xen hypervisor has been squarely in the camp of developers and expert users. While the Xen-users mailing list offers a friendly and useful source of advice for those wanting to deploy and manage Xen-based environments, the new user might find herself in need of advice about best practice and step-by-step instructions for the deployment of Xen. Running Xen: A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization speaks directly to this critical need. It provides users with everything they need to know to download, build, deploy, and manage Xen implementations.

To the authors, a set of Xen contributors, practitioners, and researchers, I would like to say thank you on behalf of the broader Xen community for an accessible and immediately useful book. Code might rule, but “know-how” builds the community itself. Clear information, advice, and documentation like this book will allow the Xen project to grow and solidify its user base, to renew its creativity and innovation, to focus itself on a larger set of new virtualization initiatives.

To the readers, I would like to say welcome to the community of Xen users. We look forward to your involvement and contributions! We believe this book will provide you with an excellent introduction to running Xen.

Ian Pratt, Xen Project Leader
VP Advanced Technology, Citrix Systems

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