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(US) .cloud Domain Launches Globally

Following a successful Priority Registration phase, .cloud is now finally available to everyone on a first-come-first-served basis and set to be a key choice for businesses and individuals alike

New York, February 16, 2016: Today marks a key milestone in the release of the .cloud top-level domain extension, which is now finally available to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis. Businesses and individuals will now have the opportunity to adopt the new domain extension – an alternative to the likes of ‘.com’ ‘.uk’ or ‘.io’ – to better communicate their online brands.

The level of interest for this new extension has been strong already in the early phases of the launch.

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.

Innovative start-ups have also jumped at the opportunity to better position themselves in the industry. From emerging cloud service providers such as ClouDesire, to social enterprises such as Food.Cloud and FashionCloud, an innovative exchange of digital content for the fashion industry, newer ventures are ensuring that they have a distinct brand online.

Richard Stevenson, Head of Corporate Communications for ePages said: “ePages’ mission is to deliver best in breed e-commerce cloud services, and the values of cloud are within our DNA. Our portal explores how merchants’ success is driven every day by the power, resilience and efficiencies of cloud-based software-as-a-service ­ no other TLD could have captured this better, or delivered more engagement.”

For a full list of companies who were among the first to get a .cloud domain, please see here: https://www.worldof.cloud/home.aspx

The .cloud's commercial launch got underway in mid-November, with the Sunrise phase* ranked among the top ten launches of new domain extensions since 2013 (based on registration requests). The following Priority Registration phase saw incredible interest with more than 2600 orders and over 200 domain names receiving multiple requests which will now be assigned through auctions.

A network of over 70 Registrars worldwide is now ready to accept orders for new .cloud registrations. These include leading providers like GoDaddy, 1&1, Name.com, Gandi, Domain.com and OVH.

Francesco Cetraro, Head of Registry Operations at .cloud added: “Today marks an important day for everyone who has been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to own and use a .cloud domain. We have been thrilled with the response to date: first with the wide level of interest in our Pioneer program, which turned out to be one of the best subscribed to date. The Priority phases were also very well subscribed, showing there is a clear interest among companies and individuals to get access to a modern domain extension that helps them better reflect their business capabilities and position their brands in a unique and powerful way.”

Theresa Geraghty, Senior Director of Marketing at GoDaddy, said, “GoDaddy is always looking to provide domain names that are relevant and memorable to our customers.  The .cloud domain name extension represents an attractive opportunity for Web professionals and businesses of all sizes.”

To find out more about getting a .cloud domain visit: https://www.get.cloud/home.aspx


*The first phase of the launch of a new domain extension, reserved for Trademark holders



About .cloud
.cloud aims to be the domain name of choice for innovators in the cloud space and beyond.

The .cloud Registry will be operated by Aruba PEC S.p.A, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Italian hosting giant, Aruba.it. Aruba, founded in 1994, is among the Top 10 hosting companies in the world, and manages over two million domain names, seven million email accounts and over four million customers.


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Erin Albright
FleishmanHillard
erin.albright@fleishman.com
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