ASP (application service provider)
A company that provides the use of applications and associated services across anetwork to multiple customers. ASPs deliver st andardized software via a network usually; but not necessarily; the Internet through an outsourcing contractpredicated on usage-based transaction pricing. ASPs may host applications on theircustomers' sites; but most do so in their own data centers; where they areresponsible for maintaining the applications and all associated hardware; software and network services to link the applications to the customer base. Despite earlypromise that the ASP model would suit a broad range of application types; most ASPservices to date have been limited to e-mail or enterprise resource planning.