Feeds

Big guns form Citrix-inspired ASP group

But marketing's dodgy acronym detectors fail - it's called ASPIC, so could prove wobbly

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Citrix Systems seems to have rounded itself up an impressive posse of members for a new "international advocacy group" intended to promote and define standards for application service provision. The Application Service Provider Industry Consortium acronymises itself as ASP Industry Consortium, funnily enough - presumably you can't change standards once you've got them in ASPIC. Citrix will of course deny any leadership here, protesting that all of the members of the server-based computing industry should work together as equals. But Citrix holds the chair of, er, ASPIC. Other major movers and shakers among the first 25 members include AT&T, Cisco, Compaq, IBM, Sun, and UUNET. Both Oracle and Microsoft are absentees, although Great Plains Software, which did some testifying for Microsoft a while back, is in there. ASPIC itself is important in the long term because the Application Service Provider route is a logical one to take after ISPs. Existing ISPs can add value to their offerings by giving users access to remote applications, and new entrants can offer access to large scale apps via data centres. As yet, there's not a lot of it about, but a few Citrix partners (for example Telecomputing, also in ASPIC) are already doing some business. The interest of most of the companies mentioned above is understandable. Microsoft itself has plans along ASP type lines, but naturally they're different. Bill Gates envisages giving users BackOffice access across the Web, and offering backup and storage for rent, but he'll do this the Microsoft way, if it happens. Oracle too is on the case with Business Online, which it's piloting in conjunction with Sun - so will it join? The complete membership at launch was as follows: AT&T; AristaSoft Corp., Boundless Technologies, Inc.; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Citrix Systems, Inc.; Compaq Computer Corporation; Cylex Systems, Inc., Ernst & Young LLP; Exodus, Inc.; FutureLink Distribution Corp.; GTE; Great Plains Software (NASDAQ: GPSI); IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM); Interpath Communications, Inc.; JAWS Technologies Inc.; Marimba, Inc.; Onyx Software Corp.; SaskTel; Sharp Electronics Corp.; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; The Taylor Group; Telecomputing ASA; UUNET; Verio, Inc.; Wyse Technology. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.