The SAP Enterprise Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) provides a blueprint for services-based, enterprise scale business solutions that are adaptable, flexible, and open. Enterprise Services Architecture takes the concept of service-oriented architecture to a new level by transforming Web services into enterprise services. Bringing Citrix and SAP Enterprise Services Architecture together reduces the dependence on customized applications, and increases flexibility and reduces time to deployment while reducing operational expenses.

This Citrix / SAP Enterprise SOA Deployment Guide was created out of a joint engagement between Citrix and SAP at the Co-Innovation Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, USA. This deployment guide walks through the step-by-step configuration details of how to configure the Citrix NetScaler for use as front-end to SAP Portal for end-user traffic, that is HTTP ~ HTML. To further complement the value of the Enterprise SOA, this guide walks through the details of how to configure the Citrix NetScaler for use as a front-end to the SAP Composite Application Framework and SAP ERP Web Services platforms, providing a flexible load balancer and HTTPS encryption point for machine to machine web service traffic. With this deployment Citrix becomes an integral and flexible part of the SAP Enterprise SOA “Applistructure” bringing together applications and technology for a fast, flexible and highly effective service oriented IT infrastructure.

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