QuickBooks Hosting – The Difference Between Commercial and Standard Hosts


As two people contacted me recently to ask about “Hosted QuickBooks,” so here’s a brief report on the difference between the Commercial and Standard hosting companies authorized by Intuit.

There are two versions of QuickBooks Hosting authorized by Intuit i.e., Commercial hosts and Standard hosts:

Commercial Hosts

Commercial Hosts are independent skilled data centres and remote hosting companies that provide application hosting services to QuickBooks end users, including accountants, bookkeepers, small businesses, and other entities. Commercial Hosts can host either a users’ own “licensed QuickBooks software” or QuickBooks software supplied by the host as part of the overall hosting subscription.

Intuit Commercial Hosts

Commercial Hosts have undergone an application process that includes meeting certain minimum conditions and, if selected, they enter into a licensing and distribution agreement with Intuit. Commercial Hosts collect and pay a monthly user expense for each hosted user of an existing QuickBooks license, referred to as “bring your license.”

Standard Hosts

Standard Hosts are likewise independent professional data centres and remote hosting companies that provide hosting services for end-users, including accountants, bookkeepers, small businesses, and other entities.

These end-users wish to access and use their “own” licensed QuickBooks desktop software via a remote hosting facility. Standard hosts can just host copies of the user’s licensed software.

Intuit Standard Hosts

Standard Hosts are solely responsible for the security, privacy, and availability of their hosting services, even though Intuit may require an independent third-party security review and accreditation for each selected host.

Standard Hosts are needed to have a separate written agreement with each of their customers who governs the hosting services and the manner of use of the user’s licensed QuickBooks software in the Standard Host’s environment.

Factors to Consider Regarding Hosting


You must look at the record of a hosting company in terms of its up-time and down-time. What it says in the booklet is one thing, you need to have them document in the service proposal exactly what its historical reliability measures have been. Generally, you should need a guarantee of reliability equal to its historical measure or better.


The hosting providers take care of all the technical support so can easily access the accounting files & data on Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Server from anywhere and anytime. Another reason people go to hosting is to eliminate the requirement for self-support or contracting with an IT management business to support internal servers and other network hardware. Almost all hosting businesses provide 24/365 technical support in terms of operational requirements.


While most hosting businesses make a big deal about their hardened data centres being able to resist a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, and such, the rarity of such events is not the concern when it comes to your data or files.

With a rash of cyber-attacks upon supposedly secure data centres hosting computing services for significant corporations as well as small business QuickBooks files, any hosting company being considered must not only have a perfect track record, but also the most modernized approach to cyber security.


QuickBooks Hosting offers various benefits to its users like mobility, scalability, cost-efficiency, and more. Therefore, it is considered one of the most profitable solutions to accomplish all the accounting processes efficiently and seamlessly.

Apps4Rent is one of the best QuickBooks hosting providers which helps thousands of clients all over the United States. They even specialize in providing IT consultation to firms that require help in migration services such as to Migrate from Google Workspace to Office 365 into business processes all over United State.