Another timely reality check
Yesterday, Google put a suitable exclamation point to the end of 2006 when it announced that it was adding a domain registration option to its Apps for Your Domain service. Small businesses, schools, and other organizations will now be able to buy and set up a domain when they sign up for the Google service. And the other elements of that service will be immediately and automatically configured to run on that domain. The cost for the registration is a flat $10 a year. There's nothing at all interesting about that price - it's pretty much what you'd pay if you registered your domain yourself (and Microsoft will even give you a domain for free through its Office Live service). But I find that, by further simplifying the creation of what amounts to a virtual data center, the move brings into clearer view the future landscape of business IT.