Making Sense of ASP and SaaS Software Delivery Models
The difference between Application Service Provider (ASP) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is significant, yet many people confuse the two models because they are both “hosted.” The ASP model is actually much closer to legacy on-premise installed software than is the SaaS model. Just because a solution is web-based, does not mean that it provides the benefits of a SaaS solution. The solution could just as likely be an ASP-hosted instance of an onsite application.
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