People are storming to the internet to register Cloud domains

storm clouds

The long awaited “official” confirmation that Apple had indeed acquired from Xcerion has begun another internet land rush for cloud domain names, a prediction made by many in 2010 that has now come true.

Individuals and organizations have been finding available ‘cloud’ domain names that show interest is on the rise.

On May 29, 2001, according to the website DomainTools, 185 new ‘cloud’ domains were registered. 

By May 31, that number rose to 256 new registrations a day, including several “icloud” domain names such as,,, and over a dozen more.

To get an idea of the names people are buying, here’s the list of names from May 31.

[UPDATE:  June 2nd, 2011 4:13 AM EST:  According to DomainTools, on June 1, 2011 nearly 500 “cloud” domain names were registered — 448 to be exact.  A quick scan of the list shows that well over 100 of the names use the keyword “icloud”.]

[Photo of the storm clouds via Wikimedia]


Hot Trends: Cloud domain names in 2011

cloud computing

A lot of writers are predicting hot trends for 2011 and one trend in particular that seems to stand out among many of the stories is “cloud computing”, a term that refers to accessing computer services over the internet or “cloud”.   The terms internet and cloud are interchangeable. 

Google Docs is a well known example of a cloud computing service.

While some critics say cloud computing is overhyped, it’s hard to argue against it with major service providers like Google and taking to the cloud.  Earlier this month, unveiled, the enterprise cloud database. 

Domain bloggers Andrew Allemann of Domain Name Wire and Mike Sullivan of Sully’s Blog have written about the domain.  The domain was purchased earlier this year by VMOps after it was put up for sale by Meetup Co-founder Scott Hieferman. 

Back in September, Peter Ulander, Chief Marketing Officer at (formerly VMOps) spent time answering Mike Sullivan’s questions on the domain and the business, which Mike posted online.  According to Peter Ulander, the decision to acquire the name has been paying dividends with traffic: “While I can’t share the specific volume, we are pleased with the increase in traffic since launching under the domain.  Our core traffic increased by more that 500% and, when compared to similar companies in our space, we are outperforming them on inbound traffic and time spent on site – meaning that we are hitting the decision makers in our space.”

Will Cloud domains be a hot trend in 2011?

Though the price of remains undisclosed, there were dozens of domain sales in 2010, with many looking to be bargain buys.  It will be interesting to see whether any of these names end up selling for a bigger return in 2011. 


Date Sold Price Location Aug 4,2010 $38,280.00 Sedo Sep 11,2010 29000 Sep 11,2010 $22,500.00 2010 $8,000.00 2010 $5,000.00 PvtSale 2010 $4,000.00 2010 $4,000.00 Sep 11,2010 $3,900.00 Sep 13,2010 $3,500.00 2010 $3,075.00 Sep 17,2010 $3,000.00 Sep 13,2010 $3,000.00 Sep 11,2010 $3,000.00 Sep 11,2010 $3,000.00 2010 $3,000.00 Sedo Sep 15,2010 $2,500.00 Sep 11,2010 $2,500.00 2010 $2,500.00 Sep 13,2010 $2,300.00 Sep 12,2010 $2,250.00 Sep 13,2010 $2,000.00 Sep 12,2010 $2,000.00 Sep 11,2010 $1,883.00 Sep 12,2010 $1,700.00 Sep 14,2010 1500 Sep 11,2010 $1,500.00 Sep 11,2010 $1,200.00 Sep 21,2010 $1,000.00 Sep 11,2010 $1,000.00 Sep 24,2009 $1,000.00

Do you own any cloud domains?  The only “cloud” name I own is, which I purchased on NameJet back in June 2008 after it had expired.