Hosted service provider

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A Hosted Service Provider (xSP) is a business that delivers a combination of traditional IT functions such as infrastructure, applications (software as a service), security, monitoring, storage, web development, website hosting and email, over the Internet or other wide area networks (WAN).[1] An xSP combines the abilities of an application service provider (ASP) and an Internet service provider (ISP).

This approach enables customers to consolidate and outsource much of their IT needs for a predictable recurring fee. xSPs that integrate web publishing give customers a central repository to rapidly and efficiently distribute information and resources among employees, customers, partners and the general public.

Hosted Service Providers benefit from economies of scale and operate on a one-to-many[disambiguation needed] business model, delivering the same software and services to many customers at once. Customers are charged on a subscription basis good place to start is web hosting reviews.

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As defined by analyst Ovum.

  • Repeatable business process-led services shared among several clients
  • Remotely delivered application services using shared resources
  • Infrastructure services (both remotely managed and/or hosted services spanning data centre services, managed servers and databases, performance monitoring, security services, storage services and business continuity)
  • Web hosting- the provision of infrastructure and application services to support the hosting of Web sites.

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