An application service provider is a third-party group established to deliver commercial software applications and additional services related to such software and do so online. Companies use ASPs to outsource either a portion or the entirety of their information technology requirements. Using ASPs has risen in popularity with small business owners who lack the resources for full-fledged IT departments as well as larger businesses that desire options for outsourcing. Examples of uses for ASPs include offering local area network capabilities offered off premises, remote access serving for enterprise using and affordable specialized applications. Examples of some of the more well-known ASPs include Qwest, SAP and Hewlett-Packard.
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