|Lost in Acronymland?
ASPs, AIPSs, ISPs, ISVs ... ay caramba! There sure are a lot of acronyms in the world of application service providers, but don't let that faze you; once you've got the terminology down, understanding ASPs is as easy as 1-2-3. To make your life a little easier, here's a list of the different kinds of ASPs - so you can figure out what kind of service your business needs, and where to get it.
Let's start with the basics. An Application Service Provider, or ASP, is a third-party business that distributes software over a wide area network. That is, instead of actually buying an application, customers rent it from the ASP, who in turn becomes responsible for servicing the software, including providing upgrades.