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Jason Carolan is a Senior Architect and Principal Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He has spent most of his five years at Sun in Sun Client Services, focused on developing solutions for Sun's customers, systems architecture, and improving architectural quality through patterns. Jason joined the N1 Grid software team over two years ago, contributing to many of the early internal and external documents. He has also been responsible for the design of the Service Delivery Network Architecture, which is Sun Professional ServicesSM program's data network architecture standard—one of the best examples of modular architecture. He also speaks regularly at conferences around the World about network design, security, and the N1 Grid architecture. Jason lives in Colorado where he enjoys the amazing snow and sun.

Scott Radeztsky is one of Sun's Principal Engineers. His six years at Sun have been focussed on architecture, performance and tuning, education, and working with customers to navigate uncharted architecture, technology, and operations territory in novel solution deployments. As examples of this, Scott has had the unique opportunity of directly architecting and building some of Sun's first internal and external customer-based N1 Grid software environments and is now focused in the areas of edge computing and Sun's next generation of systems. Before joining Sun, Scott earned a Ph.D. in Particle Physics from the University of Wisconsin, using the Web and related technologies for analysis and collaboration since their inception. Scott is grateful for the patient support and understanding of his family during this book creation effort.

Paul Strong is a Systems Architect at Sun Microsystems, working in the N1 Grid software product group. He has spent most of his seven years at Sun focused on resource management and availability and joined the N1 Grid software team at its inception, over three years ago. This is Paul's first official authoring credit, although he is an uncredited contributor to the Sun BluePrints book on resource management. He also speaks regularly at conferences. He is a native of England, transplanted to California, is a keen musician, and holds a degree in Physics, specializing in Astrophysics, from the Victoria University of Manchester, England.

Ed Turner is an Architect in Sun's Technology and Solutions Organization, focused on supporting major customers in the telecommunications industry. Leveraging his seven plus years of working various technical and management roles at Sun, he focuses his efforts on guiding his customer's strategic architecture. Ed had the unique opportunity of directly architecting and building some of Sun's first significant customer-based N1 Grid software environments. When not spending his off hours with his wonderful family, Ed enjoys long distance motorcycle touring. Ed resides in the Atlanta, GA, area and has a BSCS degree from the University of Maryland.

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