The Feature Service provides the ability to search spatial databases. It provides a set of common operations that you can use to query content, regardless of the underlying data provider. The advantage of this is that you can run the exact same operation against many different content stores (such as a native TAB file, an Oracle database table, or a SQL Server database table) by specifying different named tables; the same query will work on each table type.
The Feature Service provides operations that:
The Feature Service is configured and managed using the Spatial Manager utility. See the Spatial Manager Guide under the Utilities section for more information.