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Intuit Moves QuickBooks Online to Amazon Web Services

Written by Carrie Kahn

Hosting is a hot topic. As more and more companies move to the cloud, improvements are being made continuously to improve the reliability of their services. As you may see posts on social media, your feed may become loaded with reports from customers and QuickBooks ProAdvisors when their QuickBooks Online is down. These outages happen unexpectedly and can cause a business to lose money. ProAdvisors are unable to do their bookkeeping and cannot charge their client for their downtime. Intuit has been listening to the complaints and has recently been making significant changes to address them —  including moving QuickBooks Online to Amazon Web Services.

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Intuit recently announced its plan to move hosting for QuickBooks Online to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to “accelerate developer productivity and innovation.” Intuit sold its largest data center located in Quincy, Washington. Many major corporations are finding it is better to move to AWS than to run their own data center. A few years ago there was some concern about the security of Intuit data centers, as well as some concerns about reliability. This move to AWS will address both concerns.

 QuickBooks Online to Amazon Web Services

Intuit’s data center was dedicated to TurboTax and QuickBooks Online. As you can imagine, TurboTax caused the data center to spike during tax season, which resulted in slower performance for QuickBooks Online users, or even outages. This transition should bring more stability to QuickBooks Online users — which is GREAT news!

During tax season, Intuit started the migration of TurboTax to AWS and was finished by the end of tax season. Intuit is currently in the process of transitioning QuickBooks Online over to AWS, and expects to be done by later this year. The goal is that AWS will be able to accommodate spikes from customers during tax season for TurboTax and QuickBooks Online customers, making the service more reliable.

Xero made this transition in 2016 to improve their infrastructure and deliver enhanced customer experience. The switch to AWS provided an opportunity to continue to improve the technologies that help Xero function. It is exciting to see that Intuit is going down this path now too.

This announcement may be great news for QuickBooks Online users. We have spoken and it appears that Intuit has taken our feedback and is making changes that will improve QuickBooks Online service. We hope to see improvements in reliability and scalability for customers, developers, and ProAdvisors using QuickBooks Online.


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Carrie Kahn

Complete Business Group helps small businesses purchase the RIGHT QuickBooks product at the lowest price and offers a team of experts to provide high level customer service so that they use QuickBooks® the way it was intended. With the many offerings from online to desktop we understand the benefits and limitations of each option to help you find the right solution. We have a team of certified ProAdvisors located all over the US ready to support you remotely or locally.

Carrie Kahn, CPA, the founder and CEO of Complete Business Group, has been helping small businesses purchase the RIGHT QuickBooks product at the best price and offers a team of experts to provide high level customer service so that they use QuickBooks®the way it was intended.

Carrie has been supporting and selling QuickBooks since Dos V1. She has been an Advanced Certified ProAdvisor since 2002. She joined the Intuit Reseller Program in 2008. In 2015 she launched the Complete Business Partner Program
mentoring ProAdvisors in selecting the best QuickBooks products for their clients at best pricing for their customers. She is very involved in the QuickBooks community providing extensive resources for ABBO Facebook group , Scaling New Heights, School of Bookkeeping, CPA Academy, Intuit’s Firm of the Future, and CBG Blog. Carrie is a lead QuickBooks Author for the Accountex blog. She was named Insightful Accountant’s Top 100 ProAdvisor every year since 2014 and was Insightful Accountant’s 2017 Social Media Resources ProAdvisor. She currently serves on the Intuit Reseller Program Council. CBG has been in the top 10 Intuit Premier Resellers (IRPs) since 2012 and currently is ranked #1 in the East. She is currently serving on the IRP Council. Carrie’s company, CBG was named Partner Program of the year for 2017.

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