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What Are Transaction Servers?

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There are many types of software and servers available to help businesses manage heavy network traffic. Transaction servers include software that handles high volumes of database message transactions. This type of software is designed specifically to handle large volumes of data entry and message traffic in a company.

Transaction servers are similar to a telephone switchboard that manages thousands of messages from users across the Internet. This server is responsible for coordinating and transmitting user requests to a database. These transactions are managed in memory and collated into organized results that can be sent back to requesting user.

Advanced audit logging is used in transaction server systems. This special file tracks the requests sent from users to the database. The audit file is preconfigured in transaction server systems, which makes it more efficient than manually designed auditing systems.

Another important feature of transaction servers is the ability to manage database locking and contention issues. As the traffic management coordinator, the transaction server can change the flow of requests to the database, which reduces the chances of database errors. This allows more messages to be processed because messages are prioritized and processed in a systematic manner.

The IBM transaction server is an example of a commercially available transaction server product. These servers manage the message traffic for mainframe computer systems. The software helps to distribute message traffic over multiple hardware devices.

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Microsoft® transaction server (MTS) is another example of commercially available transaction servers used today. This software is designed specifically for Microsoft® applications, which need special transactional software components. MTS is designed for distributed common-object-model (COM) frameworks, which is most often seen in Visual Basic and ActiveX computer applications.

Managing a transaction server requires special training and experience. Each type of server is designed to support a specific operating system and computer. This training is typically available from the vendor that makes the particular transaction servers.

Internet transaction server is a software application that makes System Application Products (SAP) available on the Internet. These software products provide reporting and analytical tools to businesses. Using this server expands the capabilities of SAP because it makes it available on the web.

A transaction server is most often used in distributed software architecture. This tool provides scalable software that can be accessed on the Internet. Using a transaction server can reduce network bottlenecks on the computer system because the system can distribute the load over multiple servers.

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