CPA Practice Advisor

OCT 2018

Today's Technology for Tomorrow's Firm.

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OCTOBER 2018 ■ 33 HOSTING SYSTEMS: REVIEW Cetrom CPA Cloud Cetrom is an application hosting provider that is well suited for accounting firms, along with other types of businesses, including nonprofits and travel management businesses. Cetrom offers easy access to hosted applications from any type of device including desktop, laptop, smart phones and tablets. Along with standard application hosting, Cetrom also offers hosted email services that allow users to access their Outlook email from any location using the device of their choice. Cetrom creates a custom platform for each customer, with pricing customized depending on programs hosted and other services purchased, and options to purchase services in addition to hosting, including email service, virtual remote desktop service, a file sharing option, and a hybrid cloud computing option. Read the full review for this product online at: 12428954 5 2018 OVERALL RATING Cloudnine Realtime Acquired by AbacusNext in early 2017, Cloudnine Realtime is a scalable application that is well suited for accounting firms of any size, and is also a good solution for other types of businesses that need application hosting. Cloudnine Realtime has been the winner of The CPA Practice Advisor’s Reader’s Choice Award for Outsourced Technology Services from 2012 through 2017. The Pro edition of Cloudnine is a good fit for smaller businesses with 1-2 users, and can host 1-3 applications. The Pro Plus Plan is designed for up to 25 users and can host between 3-7 applications. The Premier Plan is for larger businesses or accounting firms that have up to 500 users, and need 8-15 applications hosted. Very large businesses can subscribe to the Enterprise Plan, which is designed for more than 500 users and can host an unlimited number of applications. Cloudnine Realtime pricing is completely customized for each user, with interested parties able to obtain a quote from the website. There is also a free trial available that can be downloaded from the website. Read the full review for this product online at: 12428949 5 2018 OVERALL RATING Cloudvara Cloudvara is well suited for accounting and legal firms, as well as other types of businesses looking for QuickBooks and other application hosting capability. Cloudvara specializes in QuickBooks hosting and is an Authorized Standard QuickBooks Host. Legal, accounting, and tax software hosting is also available, with hosting services available world-wide. Pricing for Cloudvara drops as the number of users and applications goes up. The Starter Cloud is designed for 1-3 users and can host up to 3 applications, and costs $42 per user per month. Business Cloud is designed for 4-10 system users and up to 5 applications, and costs $38 per user per month. Finally, Professional Cloud is for more than 10 users and up to 10 applications and costs $33 per user per month. Enterprise Cloud and Private Cloud options are also available, with pricing available directly from Cloudvara. A 15-day trial period of Cloudvara is available. Read the full review for this product online at: 12428946 4.5 2018 OVERALL RATING Right Networks Hosting Right Networks Hosting is designed for CPA firms, accounting firms, and small businesses. Specializing in QuickBooks hosting, Right Networks can host more than 150 applications on the cloud. Right Networks is scalable, with three editions of hosting available to choose from: QuickBooks Desktop Cloud, Business Cloud, and Application Cloud, with users able to easily scale up to the next version when needed. The QuickBooks Cloud plan is $50 per user per month; the Business Cloud plan is $59.99 per user per month and includes QuickBooks hosting and Microsoft Excel, along with connectivity with online applications such as Expensify, Sync., and T-Sheets. The Application Cloud plan is $69.99 per user per month and includes all of the options available on the first two plans along with additional storage and Microsoft Office 2013 hosting. All plans include 24/7/365 customer support. Read the full review for this product online at: 12428948 4.75 2018 OVERALL RATING Xcentric Xcentric, purchased by Right Networks in late 2017, which is also reviewed in this issue, is designed specifically for accounting firms. Redesigned since last reviewed, Xcentric has made custom hosting options for accounting professionals its focus, while QuickBooks hosting has been relegated to Right Networks, though Xcentric can also host QuickBooks Desktop applications if desired. Xcentric currently offers two plans, with both offering hosting for an unlimited number of applications. Xcentric is a good hosting option for accounting firms of any size. The product offers scalable solutions, with two hosting plans available: Cloud Pro, which offers up to 10 GB in storage per user and Cloud Premier, which ups storage space to 20 GB per user. Users can also opt to add Cloud+ to either plan for increased server and workstation security. Both Pro and Premium plans include a 100 GB mailbox per person through Microsoft 365, three years of backup accessibility, and 24/7 emergency support. Read the full review for this product online at: 12428951 4.75 2018 OVERALL RATING

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