Public Pool or Private Beach? Choosing Your QuickBooks Hosting Model


There are a lot of bad guys out there, and they’re finding increasingly clever ways to disrupt businesses and distribute their malware. Business size doesn’t matter; every company is a target.

When considering a hosting platform or service for your company’s QuickBooks and other desktop applications, one of the most important decisions you’ll make – a decision that will impact your security, performance and future-capability – is the decision to use a completely private hosting environment rather than a commercial shared hosting service.

With QuickBooks hosting, there are basically two different models: shared service and private.

Shared service is where many customers share the same servers, network, file servers or backup systems, firewalls, gateways or whatever. Some or all aspects of the platform owned by the service provider are shared among the customers using the platform. This approach not only allows the cost of service to be spread among many customers, but it also enables the services provider to create certain standards that make the system more manageable for them.

Think of it sort of like a public pool, and all that image conjures. Not all that “clean”, and certainly not private. That’s a shared hosting platform. Customers are all packed together on the same infrastructure, and even if they offer a “dedicated” server it is still part of the shared platform.

What does this mean to the security of your QuickBooks and other important business applications and data? It means that there are a lot of people other than your people that might let something malicious into the network. One bad email or a click on an attachment and there’s malware in the system. And it doesn’t just impact the company that opened it. The problem impacts everyone on the provider’s platform. And when it comes to recovery, the provider’s main focus is in getting their services back up and running, and not necessarily focusing on whether or not you are back up and running.

That’s all different with Noobeh and how we provide services. We work on the Microsoft Azure platform and in your own private Microsoft account.

With Noobeh services, our customers don’t share IP or network addresses or anything else, so there isn’t a single point to attack that could disrupt the service of multiple systems. We don’t provision any resources that are shared among customers; each delivery has its own infrastructure resources so each customer solution stands apart from all others. This is among the benefits not just of the Noobeh delivery model, but also of the Microsoft Azure platform and how we use it.

With Noobeh service, your system is more like a private beach. Just your system; nobody else around. Software performance becomes predictable and your options for adding other applications, services and integrations are all available to you. It’s more secure and more flexible than shared hosting, offers greater agility and lower costs than maintaining on-premises equipment, and allows you to run what you need for your business.

Give us a call today and let us work up a plan to deploy your QuickBooks and other desktop applications and data on a safer and more secure solution crafted just for your business on the Azure platform. Its the best way to keep your business running.

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Joanie Mann

Joanie Mann

Focus is on Digital business transformation for small/medium businesses. As the principal consultant for Cooper Mann Company and Noobeh's Director of Cloud Services, Joanie Mann provides support and guidance for businesses seeking to implement cloud solutions and hosted services in their IT environments and consults with solution providers to develop or expand application hosting and application delivery service offerings. Joanie is the Director of Delivery for Noobeh Cloud Services (a division of Mendelson Consulting), and is on the board of advisors of ACE Cloud Hosting &

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