How to Host QuickBooks in the Cloud

You may have heard the advantages of hosting your QuickBooks files in the cloud; the 24/7 access to your files, the ability to work on your QuickBooks file from anywhere you have an internet connection, and ease of use for multiple users.

If you’re considering using a hosting service for your QuickBooks software, you should know a few key points before deciding which options are right for your business.

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1. What does hosting QuickBooks in the “Cloud” really mean?

Cloud hosting takes all the computer hardware and software sitting in your office and moves the data to the “cloud”, allowing it to be accessed with an internet connection. With your data in the cloud, you don’t have to be in any one physical location to use it or be on any one physical device.

2. What versions of QuickBooks are supported with cloud hosting?

Supported versions are the most current three years of QuickBooks including QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, and QuickBooks Enterprise. Older versions that are no longer supported under Intuit’s Service Plan are not available for hosting.

3. What should a business be aware of when choosing a hosting service?

Be aware of what you get for the price you pay. Many hosing companies lure users in with low prices, but they come at the cost of slower performance. Depending on the number of users you need to access the system, this may be restrictive.

Check into support. Make sure that you get a team of support professionals that will work with each user to solve questions or problems relating to your hosted service and software.

Make sure your provider is an Intuit Authorized Host. Authorized hosts, like PwrCloud, are independent hosting companies who have been legally approved by Intuit to host QuickBooks® desktop software for end users. Lawfully, only Intuit Authorized Hosts can offer these services.

4. How many users can access the hosted QuickBooks file?

You can add as many users as you like, as long as you have the proper QuickBooks licensing. At AZTS, we sell QuickBooks licenses, and if you need additional or updated licenses, we can provide them at a discounted price.

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The advantage to cloud hosting from AZTS is that it is managed for you. You no longer have to worry about keeping your software up to date, viruses that may affect your computer, or keeping multiple backups of your data. Everything lives in our secure data center. Additionally, you get high-speed service without taking on the cost of purchasing or maintaining servers, expensive networking equipment, and backup systems.

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