Web enabled applications, SOA based application-to-application and business-to-business integration, On-Premise, On-Demand, On-Device integration, virtualization/clouds, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, Sybase Mobility solutions ….. the list goes on and on and shows the un-escapable trend to more and more distributed deployment, use and processing of business applications.
The progress and innovations of network technologies are key enablers for the extending reach of SAP applications to more and more users and usage. To no small part the network provides reliability, security and good performance for distributed application environments.
I follow this trend for a few years now and had the privilege to work with a lot of leading network vendors and SAP internal teams on the topic of modern network technologies for SAP applications. Most fascinating are “Network Edge Services” (NES) which are, in essence, all the network services which sit in between your datacenter or cloud based application and its human or machine clients. NES are load balancing, Wide Area Network performance accelerators, VPN tunnels, intrusion and denial of service attack defenses to name just a few.
These services are very close to reliability, security and performance means provided by the SAP application platforms themselves and therefore application and network experts should work closely together for optimizing SAP landscapes end to end. SAP and its network technology partners already cooperate closely, for instance through SAP’s network product certification or through joint efforts to integrate network partner products with SAP’s AccAD WAN optimization solution.
I’m looking forward to TechEd to meet and hear from you about your network related experiences and to discuss SAP’s and partners network technology solutions with you. You can meet me at the following events at TechEd in Las Vegas:
Tuesday 9/13/11 10.00-10.30am; COIL Expert Session: Modern Network Technologies for SAP Applications
Tuesday 9/13/11 2.30-3.00 pm: Expert Session: TechEd LV expert session: Connecting Distributed SAP Applications, Lounge 4
Wednesday 9/14/11 10am-12pm: TEC-P12, AccAD Pod session, exhibition floor Pod #12
Thursday 9/14/11 12pm-2pm: TEC-P12, AccAD Pod session, exhibition floor Pod #12
You can also meet the following NES vendors at TechEd Las Vegas:
- Bluecoat: Booth 107
- Citrix: Booth 115
- Radware: Booth 407