application service provider
<business, networking> (ASP) A service (usually a business) that provides
remote access to an application program across a network protocol, typically
HTTP. A common example is a website that other websites use for accepting
payment by credit card as part of their online ordering systems.
As this term is complex-sounding but vague, it is widely used by marketroids who
want to avoid being specific and clear at all costs.
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