What is the role of the JMS server? Why is it necessary?

Jerry Smith

The server, message broker, or whatever it is called, functions as an intermediary. Suppose a distributed component wants to send (financial) stock information to one or more remotely located distributed components. Rather than having to know the exact clients to which it sends messages containing stock information, it can establish either a message queue or a message topic area (depending on the message-passing scheme, point-to-point or publish/subscribe) with the JMS server and "post" the stock information with the server, which then distributes the messages to the appropriately registered receiving clients.

Also, without this intermediary, the sending client would have the burden of monitoring whether or not the receiving client is currently connected, whether or not a network failure occurred during the send operation, and so on. The server plays an important role in transparently handling many network-related issues, including reliable message delivery, which can require transaction processing and/or persistent message storage.