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An application service provider (often abbreviated as an ASP) is

a third-party that manages and distributes software-based services and solutions to customers across a wide area network (e.g., the Internet) from a central data center.[1]

Overview Edit

ASPs allow companies to outsource some or all of their information technology needs.

ASPs are broken down into five subcategories:

  1. Enterprise ASPs — deliver high-end business applications.
  2. Local/Regional ASPs — supply a wide variety of application services for smaller businesses in a local area.
  3. Specialist ASPs — provide applications for a specific need, such as website services or human resources.
  4. Vertical Market ASPs — provide support to a specific industry such as health care.
  5. Volume Business ASPs — supply general small/medium-sized businesses with pre-packaged application services in volume.

During the last decade, the term "Application Service Provider" has evolved into Software as a Service (SaaS).


  1. Hugger-Mugger, L.L.C. v. Netsuite, Inc., 2005 WL 2206128, at *1 (D. Utah 2005) (full-text).

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