The primary component of webMethods Enterprise Server, which is now simply called Broker. Broker clients publish documents to the Broker, which in turn passes the documents to other Broker clients that have registered subscriptions for those documents. The Broker is also a repository for metadata needed by adapters. This metadata, referred to as infosets, describes a wide variety of information including database table names, columns, queries, Java code fragments and byte code, component configurations, and much more. A Broker is an independent entity managed by a Broker Server.