Application service provider group formed

Application service provider group formed

Twenty-five companies including Compaq, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, and AT&T announced last week at Networld+Interop the creation of a consortium to promote the application service provider industry.

The new Application Service Provider (ASP) Industry Consortium defines such providers as either companies, government bodies or nonprofit organisations that "manage and deliver application capabilities to multiple entities from data centres across a wide area network".

The group's goals include developing common definitions for the industry, sponsoring research, fostering open standards and guidelines, and promoting best practices.

The industry incorporates any use of an application over a network, including the use of telephones, computers, Internet devices, set-top boxes and PDAs (personal digital assistants), said Traver Gruen-Kennedy, chairman of the ASP group and director of the business products division at Citrix Systems.

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