.CLOUD Floating High On General Availability [updated]

CLOUD gTLD logoThe .cloud new gTLD entered General Availability on 16 February and has received over 15,000 registrations in less than 24 hours  and in total is approaching 19,000 registrations. This would put it closing in on the 80th largest gTLD.

The gTLD has worked hard at getting a good start. Over the past few weeks leading international cloud players such as Weebly, ePages and Odin released dedicated portals for their cloud offering as part of the .cloud’s Pioneer Program that launched in October 2015.

Aruba SpA, the registry operator that only has one gTLD to focus on, signed up almost 30 Pioneers (all actively using their .cloud domains) back in October, from cloud leaders like Odin, ePages and Ubuntu to various cool start-ups like ScreenCloud (a UK-based company making digital signage easy and affordable), Fashion.cloud (a German start-up that is building a media exchange for the fashion industry and that recently won €200,000 in a start-up contest) and Nerdalize (a Dutch start-up that is turning an undesirable by-product of server management – the heat – into a resource to heat people’s homes for free).

Iseult Ward, co-founder of FoodCloud, another early adopter of .cloud said: “.cloud synced perfectly with our company name and brand. By using .cloud we can clearly explain to the public and our key audiences what we do and how our app and web-based business is powered by the cloud.”

FoodCloud was started in Dublin in 2013 and in two years has grown to work with businesses and charities across the 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland and four cities across the UK, moving over 10 tonnes of food a week. The new domain is set to support growth plans as FoodCloud expands over the next year to offer its food redistribution solution to more and more communities, with the end goal of having a world where no good food goes to waste.