Registrations of the .cloud domain name have climbed to 50,000 since its launch nearly three months ago, demonstrating a healthy appetite from websites with a cloud focus.
Francesco Cetraro, head of registry operations at .cloud, explained that the new domain received 20,000 registrations in the first 24 hours after being made available.
“Clearly, as word starts spreading that .cloud is finally available as a domain extension, it should be a no-brainer for anyone working in the cloud computing space or offering cloud services to take advantage of it,” he said.
“But past the obvious implications for the cloud computing industry, a true meter of the success of cloud computing as an enabler of new businesses and the general improvement of people’s lives is how popular the term 'cloud' itself has become, to the point that people from all over the world now understand and have positive associations with it.”
Cloud companies clearly recognise the importance of a .cloud domain, but Cetraro noted that all manner of businesses across the globe have shown an interest in the domain name.
The .cloud register, which is operated by hosting giant Aruba, received registrations from 140 countries, including expected interest from North America and Western Europe and more unusual registrations from nations such as Zimbabwe and Belarus.
“In spite of .cloud having been available for just a few weeks, it is impressive to see all the clever, cool and sometimes unexpected things that .cloud domains are used for,” said Cetraro, adding that the use of the .cloud domain lends a “modern twist” to the online presence of companies and individuals.
The use of more distinctive suffixes to web domains is becoming a trend in the online world, and will no doubt continue when the .blog domain is made available later this year.
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