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Who is the best desktop hosting provider?

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I'm setting up an accountancy practice and want to use a hosted desktop so that all my IT is dealt with for me. Having done some research, it seems I have three main options:

1. IRIS (as shall be using the IRIS software)

2. Hosted Accountants

3. Hosted Desktop UK

Has anyone done a comparison on price or service and able to recommend which one I should go for? And are there any others I should consider?

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By Carl London
15th Jan 2018 08:51

Check out Cloud2me too. I have used them for about 18 months (Taxcalc, Moneysoft on there) - support tickets always dealt with quickly, it is a more personal service and better value than the larger providers give (i spoke to those too when deciding)

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By Paul Scholes
15th Jan 2018 10:39

Been using HDT UK for about 7 years running the full office suite, Iris and several other software products without any major issues.

More than the hosting stuff though, they are the most helpful and responsive service providers I’ve ever had. In fact, as I now have no staff and am in semi-retirement I am moving away from them (to Google), they are helping me migrate all my data and systems at no extra charge.

I did look at Iris when switching but it was so expensive, especially the set up fee, plus they insisted on a 3 year contract, rather than 3 months with HDT UK. It may be however that Iris have become more realistic over the years.

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By andyrhb
16th Jan 2018 08:09

We use Clearwave - - for remote desktop. Works well and support is excellent.

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By rmcouk
03rd Feb 2018 14:39

We are a long-term Iris customer, including Iris Hosting. Their Claranet-based platform has become unsatisfactory and I was looking to move to Hosted Accountants, who seem good. However, HA is not allowed by Iris (since they now have a partnership) to deal direct with any Iris customers. They have to go via Iris. So we are moving to Hosted Desktop UK who check out very well. I'm looking forward to the change.
So in summary:
1. Avoid Iris
2. Look at HA if you are not an Iris customer
3. Look at Hosted Desktop UK

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By cazarraccountants
16th Nov 2018 12:50

We use Green Cloud Hosting. Really helpful from the get go. We were recommended them by an old colleague. They deal with quite a few practices already and you got the feel for that when you speak to them

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By Adam12345
16th Nov 2018 12:55

Hi Cazarr,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your first post (even if it is on an very old thread).

You don't happen to work for Green Cloud Hosting do you?

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