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So, you’ve decided your company is going to go “cloud”.  The next logical step is to select a hosting provider.  The problem is there are so many of them.  Which do you choose?  Well, the answer to that question depends on what you need.  Not all hosts are created equal, so to speak.  Some are great at the basics.  You need QuickBooks and Office?  No problem!  Wait, you have this 3rd-party integration you need? Sorry, can’t help you.

hosting QuickBooks and 3rd party apps in the cloudWith all the different options and providers out there, it’s a wonder anyone knows what to do.  There are hosts that “specialize” in getting oddball software on the cloud and there are hosts that won’t even consider it.  Which host you choose will definitely depend on what it is you need.  I can’t stress enough that you should shop around, get a feel for the different options, before you make a decision like this.  It’s not something that should be taken lightly.  It will affect your business, but whether or not the effect is a positive one will depend on how well you do your homework.

Think of it like going to an ice cream shop.  There are so many different flavors; some with fudge swirls, some with nuts and some with ooey gooey caramel.  When you get there, you know, generally speaking, what you want but there are still so many different options.  You want something chocolatey, but do you want fudge chunks?  Maybe you want just plain old chocolate.  Or, perhaps caramel swirl with marshmallow bits.  It’s not just chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry anymore.  With all of the different kinds of chocolate, it makes sense to sample a couple of different varieties before deciding which one you want.

The same really applies to cloud hosting, especially when using integrations like the ones from Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.   Not every host will be able to meet your needs, and of those that can, some will do so better than others.  All in all, picking a host is as simple as knowing what you need and finding the one that can give it to you.  Take a look at the lists of applications the hosts already have available, it will give you an idea of whether or not they can give you what your business needs to continue to be successful.

So grab a spoon and start sampling!
 

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