Cloud computing will be critically dependent on virtualization technology. Ian Pratt, one of the best known and most-respected technology leaders in the field of virtualization, explains how the compute platform will change and the impact on the IT industry.

Ian Pratt is a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and was a senior faculty member of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory from 1997 to December 2007. During his time at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, he ran the Systems Research Group, where he led development of the Xen open-source hypervisor project. He was a cofounder of XenSource, which was acquired by Citrix in mid-2007. He is now vice president of Advanced Products for Citrix and remains the chairman of

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