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Application Service Providers and Hosting

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What are Application Service Providers?

Application service providers (commonly referred to as ASP’s) have quickly sprouted onto the web hosting scene in effort to provide businesses with new and innovative services. The term ASP should not be confused with Microsoft Corporations software application.

ASP’s generally provide a variety of services that can include but are not limited to: web hosting, email hosting, database hosting, and custom application development. Some ASP’s also offer a full range of services such as domain name registration, SSL certificates, and website design.

How Does It Work?

ASP’s can be broken down into two categories: public and private.

Public ASP’s are those that offer their services to anyone who is interested while private ASP’s cater to a specific customer base. Public ASP’s are usually operated by a company that specializes in web hosting and offers ASP services as an added value. Private ASP’s are often run by software companies who develop custom applications or offer unique services not found with public ASP’s.

The way it works is businesses sign up with an ASP and then receive access to the applications and/or services offered by the provider. In most cases, the business is given their own private space on the provider’s servers where they can install and operate their applications. The ASP will take care of all the maintenance and updates for the applications while the business focuses on running their business.

What Are The Benefits?

There are many benefits to using an ASP such as: No expensive capital investment, pay only for the services you need, obtaining new apps and features with no wait time, higher security & reliability.

What Are The Disadvantages?

The disadvantages of using an ASP include: Unreliable service, difficulty finding a provider that offers everything you need and applications might not work properly with your system.

Some business owners also complain about the lack of personal contact they have with ASP’s. In most cases, business owners deal entirely online or through email which can lead to feeling disconnected from support staff. Others complain about having to wait for fixes when issues arise.

With public ASP’s it is sometimes difficult to resolve problems because user feedback is not readily available leaving businesses uncertain if they are getting good service.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of using an ASP varies depending on the services offered. Typically, businesses pay a monthly fee for access to the applications and/or services provided by the ASP. In some cases, there may also be a one-time setup fee.

So, What’s The Verdict?

ASP’s are a great way to outsource your application needs without having to invest in expensive capital equipment or software. They offer a variety of services that cater to various business needs and they are constantly updating their applications and features to keep up with the latest industry trends.

While there are some disadvantages to using an ASP, such as service and difficulty resolving problems, the majority of businesses report satisfaction with the services they receive. When considering an ASP, it is important to do your research and find a provider that offers the services you need.

That’s all for now! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. :)

ASP’s are a great way to outsource your application needs without having to invest in expensive capital equipment or software. They offer a variety of services that cater to various business needs and they are constantly updating their applications and features to keep up with the latest industry trends. While there are some disadvantages to using an ASP, such as service and difficulty resolving problems, the majority of businesses report satisfaction with the services they receive. When considering an ASP, it is important to do your research and find a provider that offers the services you need.

Are you considering an ASP for your business? What are your concerns? Let us know in the comments below! :)

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