What is an Application Service Provider and how is an ASP different from SaaS model?
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An Application Service Provider is a third-party entity that manages and distributes software-based services and solutions to customers across a wide area network from a central data center.
In essence, 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.
ASPs are broken down into five subcategories:
The differences between ASP and SaaS models are as follows: