The Computer Weekly Developer Network has been following the arrival of the .cloud top-level domain extension, which was made available earlier this year.
In its first seven months, .cloud proven to be a successful new domain extension receiving 20K registrations in 24 hours — to date it has more than 70,000 registrations from customers of all sizes from over 130 countries.
Crowds of clouds on .cloud
Not exclusively used by professionals within the cloud industry, early adopters include:
Food.cloud – Irish social enterprise FoodCloud rebranded to prepare for a global expansion.
Samsung’s Artik.cloud – A new cloud platform created for connected devices at the firm’s developer conference in San Francisco.
Fashion.cloud – Germany based startup that featured at Berlin Fashion Week.
According to the firm, “It’s been seven months since our General Availability launch in February. With 70,000 domain names registered, .cloud proves to be one of the most interesting new domain extensions on the market. Our dream for .cloud was for it to be open to creative interpretation and to serve a broader audience.”
Beyond the cloud
As of September 22, 2016, 70,823 domains have been registered by businesses and individuals in 143 countries. Beyond the cloud industry, .cloud says it has attracted interest from a broad audience including startups, creative professionals, online retailers and bloggers.
Francesco Cetraro, head of registry operations at .cloud says that his team has had quite a few instances of people using their .cloud domain to run their own Dropbox-like backup solution with software like Owncloud.
Cetraro explains more and writes as follows…
In general, the idea of the .cloud domain as a dedicated entry to a cloud-based service or a repository of services seems to have proven quite popular. An example is pythonista.cloud, which is the package repository for Pythonista, one of the most popular Python IDEs for iOS. Also the famous interface development app Sketch recently introduced its sketch.cloud service, which allows sketch users to easily share their Sketch designs with ease (see https://share.sketch.cloud/JzzG).
Besides Samsung’s cloud service for IoT artik.cloud, we have also seen Linaro (a well-established engineering organization working on Open Source software for the ARM architecture) launch a cloud service at https://www.linaro.cloud/, a cloud service that allows developers to implement, port and test server, cloud and IoT applications without substantial upfront hardware investment.
We are also seeing a lot of activities from the gaming community. Last month, Open Source Game Backend service provider Clan of the Cloud rebranded to Xtralife.cloud. Then there is https://nebulous.cloud/, an online community which is probably one of busiest .cloud sites at the moment.
“In summary then, .cloud is a relevant domain for developers because cloud is often already a fundamental building block of their company or product. For example, we see a lot of companies that have cloud in their company name or are launching a service ending with ‘cloud’. When developers find out they can now have a website that ends with .cloud, they immediately get it. It’s an easy and elegant solution,” said Cetraro.
Wandering lonely as a .cloud? It appears not.