Google takes baby steps into hosting as we predicted here. Looks like they are starting with e-mail, which as we have mentioned is probably their “stickiest” service. Interested organizations are encouraged to sign up for the beta service here. What they say:
Bring Gmail to your domain.
This special beta test lets you give Gmail, Google’s webmail service, to every user at your domain. Gmail for your domain is hosted by Google, so there’s no hardware or software for you to install or maintain.
Gmail – 2 gigabytes of storage and search tools that help users find information fast.
Control Panel – Easily manage user accounts, aliases and mailing lists.
Look for free web hosting later this year.