|(business, networking)||application service provider - (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 web site that other web sites 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.