What is Application Service Provider?

An application service provider is a third-party technology organization that provides users with software applications, usually a local area network (LAN) or Internet. The provided software may be referred to as software as a service, apps on tap, or on-demand software. One of the most basic forms of ASP is a vendor that provides access to an application software using the HTTP protocol. We hope you know how to answer if someone asks you, ‘what do you mean by ASP?’

What do you mean by ASP?

Application services provider ASPs are a way for companies to outsource some or almost all aspects of their information technology needs. They may be commercial ventures that cater to customers or not-for-profit or government organizations, providing service and support to end-users.

Following the five sub-categories of ASP businesses, 

Functional ASP: Delivers a single application, such as credit card payment processing or timesheet services

Vertical ASP: Delivers a solution package for a specific customer type, such as a healthcare service

Enterprise ASP: Delivers broad-spectrum solutions

Local ASP:  Delivers small business services within a limited area

Volume Business ASPs: Delivers pre-packaged application services in volume at reasonable costs to small and medium businesses

What is meant by application service?

Application services or application management services or application services management- all are not the same. Most users get confused between them and often get confused. 

Application Service Management: It’s a process that enables users to configure, monitor and optimize different application services. All those organizations that have their own data centers are responsible for application service management. 

Now, let’s define application services. It’s a set of software solutions that improve the overall functionality of an application. From speed, security, and an application’s operability- application services focus on all.

What is an example of an application service provider?

These services include various other services such as load balancing. They help users perform various tasks, such as monitoring an application’s performance and suggesting modifications to speed up the process. Besides all, it also covers other aspects of an application, which includes

  •  Auto Scaling
  •  Micro-segmentation
  •  Service Proxy
  •  Application Deployment
  • Modification, etc.

 

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