Service Registry

The ability to register, discover, and govern (Web) Services (and all services in general) is an essential requirement for any Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation.

This need may not be fully appreciated in the early stages of an SOA roll-out when dealing with a small number of services. However, large organizations will typically need to support a large number of (Web) services, and as the number of services deployed grows to dozens or hundreds, centralized facilities for access and control of service metadata and artifacts becomes critical. A service registry provides these capabilities and is a key infrastructural component and cornerstone for SOA deployments.

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