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Introducing Service Broker

Service Broker is a new technology in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 that helps database developers build secure, reliable, and scalable applications. Because Service Broker is part of the Database Engine, administration of these applications is part of the routine administration of the database.

Service Broker provides queuing and reliable messaging for SQL Server. Service Broker is used both for applications that use a single SQL Server instance and applications that distribute work across multiple instances.

Within a single instance of SQL Server, Service Broker provides a robust asynchronous programming model. Database applications typically use asynchronous programming to shorten interactive response time and increase overall application throughput.

Service Broker also provides reliable messaging between SQL Server instances. Service Broker helps developers compose applications from independent, self-contained components called services. Applications that require the functionality exposed in these services use messages to interact with the services. Service Broker uses TCP/IP to exchange messages between instances. Service Broker includes features to help prevent unauthorized access from the network and to encrypt messages sent over the network.

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Topic Description

What Does Service Broker Do?

Describes the functionality that Service Broker provides.

Advantages of Service Broker

Describes how Service Broker helps developers create applications.

Typical Uses of Service Broker

Presents scenarios for using Service Broker.

See Also

Other Resources

Introduction to Service Broker Programming
Service Broker Architecture
What's New in SQL Server 2005
Service Broker Tutorials

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance