Tomorrow is Christmas Day and I wanted to take this time to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. But before I sign off for the holidays, let me just leave you one last word about the Cloud.

If you get a little extra time this weekend, consider how you will run your business next year. If you don’t make any changes to your hosting plan you will likely be where you are right now at this same time next year. But will your competitors progress? They likely will.

Cloud-based computing and cloud hosting environments are becoming more and more popular every day. It’s something you should consider for your business too.

Take the next week to explore your server usage. How many servers do you have in operation and how much of the available server space are you using? Furthermore, what is it being used for? After determining your current usage, try to segment you servers into specific functions or activities. For instance, if you have five servers and a portion of each one is used for application hosting, figure out how much space you’d need for those applications. Less than a full server?

If you segment your server needs this way, you might find that you can rent only the server space you need to host the data that you need hosted and save yourself a ton of money in the long run. It’s worth a look, don’t you think?