Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Developer's Guide

Comparison of PAOS and SOAP

In a typical SOAP binding, an HTTP client interacts with an identity service through a client request and a server response. For example, a cell phone user (client) can contact the phone service provider (service) to retrieve stock quotes and weather information. The service verifies the user’s identity and responds with the requested information.

In a reverse HTTP for SOAP binding, the phone service provider plays the client role, and the cell phone client plays the server role. The initial SOAP request from the server is actually bound to an HTTP response. The subsequent response from the client is bound to a request.