This book has been a team effort.
We thank Ulrike Wicke and Tim Kane for their ongoing support. Their belief in the value of this effort made this book possible.
Special thanks go to Dr. Karl-Heinz Strassemeyer, Distinguished Engineer, the mentor of this book, for his vision and encouragement.
Also, we thank Herbert Kircher, Heather Kahan, Thomas Klein, Karl Klink, Thomas Rozmus, Hubertus Barthold, and Alexander Stark for their professional advice and support.
We especially acknowledge the following experts for their contributions:
Many thanks also go to the following people for many hours of discussion and review:
Joel Hermann, briefing manager, deserves our gratitude for his professional advice and collegial support.
We would like to thank the ITSO teams for permitting us to use images from Redbook publications, in particular from Linux on IBM eServer zSeries and S/390: ISP/ASP Solutions, SG24-6299. Thanks to the many other people who have helped us with this book.
Thanks to the team at Prentice Hall PTR for their support. Special thanks to Jeffrey Pepper, our editor, for his diligent work. We are grateful to all who helped preparing the book for publication, especially Kate Hargett, Patti Guerrieri, and Mary Loudin. Also, we would like to mention Jamie Milazzo from the Pearson Technology Group for providing innovative publishing concepts for this book.