SharePoint 2007 had the concept of shared service provider or SSP, which was a single web application in which you configure various important services for SharePoint such as user profiles and search. SSPs suffered with a few limitations:
• You could not appoint administrators on a per-service-level.
• The services of an SSP could not be shared across farms, and the SSP was a concept available only in SharePoint server.
• One web application could be managed by only a single shared service provider at a given time.
This has seen a significant improvement in SharePoint 2010 in the form of the managed services concept. Each service is an individually manageable entity. This has the following advantages:
• You can ...