A provider is software used for accessing various data stores in a consistent manner conforming to a specification, such as OLE DB. A provider may contain an API. Clients that use providers are known as consumers. SMSS and SQLCMD, for example, are consumers of the SNAC OLE DB provider.
The following providers are available:
SQL Native Client OLE DB provider—This is the latest OLE DB provider that is built in to SNAC. It provides access to the latest SQL Server 2012 features. It also provides access to databases running earlier versions of SQL Server. The big news is that this provider was deprecated in SQL Server 2012 and will ...