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The Application Server — Take Note! This Is No Ordinary Web Application Server!

by Keith Elliot | SAPinsider

October 1, 2000

by Keith Elliot, SAP Labs SAPinsider - 2000 (Volume 1), October (Issue 2)

The Application Server provides a state-of-the-art infrastructure for creating dynamic and collaborative Web applications. This platform offers native support for Internet standards, including protocols such as HTTP and HTTPS, Internet document standards such as HTML and XML, and server-side scripting with JavaScript.

     Granted, other vendors' platforms can boast of similar, integral support for Internet protocols. But how many can lay claim to SAP's track record for delivering highly scalable and reliable technology that is designed to serve the most grueling mission-critical application environments? The new Application Server is built on these proven SAP technologies.

And, as its name implies, this is an open platform - one which features integration capabilities that provide both real-time and cached access to existing SAP and non-SAP applications. What does this mean to our customers? It means that they can use this platform to expand their existing SAP system to the Web without disruption to an in-place, stable component landscape.

     This is a very exciting initiative for SAP. Our name is synonymous with high-performance, scalable application solutions. The new Application Server extends our leadership position to dynamic e-business applications. And we're doing so with a Web application server that for many applications is significantly faster than existing technologies, because the Application Server natively combines the execution of business logic with server-side scripting and JavaScript for Web presentation.

     A comprehensive object-oriented framework for standard Web design elements frees developers from the burden of constantly recoding similar user-interface elements while retaining the flexibility provided by server-side scripting. In terms of backend connectivity, this platform supports all databases and middleware supported by SAP. What you get is an application server that supports access to real-time as well as cached data in existing business applications.

     Scheduled for availability in the third quarter of 2000, Application Server can be used as a standalone tool for developing Web applications, and seamlessly integrates with existing technologies, such as Microsoft Windows DNA and IBM WebSphere, to meet evolving requirements for:

  • Performance

  • Scalability

  • High availability

  • Reliability

  • Transaction processing

  • Platform-independence

  • Interoperability

  • Native language support

     Look for detailed coverage of the Application Server in future issues of SAP Insider, and visit for up-to-date information about product availability.

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