When an application wishes to stop receiving, but wants to maintain the connection opened, the subscription should be closed. There are two ways to stop a subscription, either "close" it, or "unsubscribe" it. For non durable subscriptions, this is equivalent since the subscription will be completely removed. For durable subscriptions, close means that the server will stop delivering, but remember the durable subscription. Unsubscribe, however, means that the server will remove the state of this subscription.