Sydney-based marketplace start-up Airtasker has doubled down on the cloud, picking Rackspace to handle its migration to Amazon Web Services.

Airtasker in deep cloud push

The Australian

The move, carried out under the guidance of new CTO Paul Keen, comes as Airtasker tackles a massive spike in traffic.

Company CEO Tim Fung told The Australian that Mr Keen, former tech chief at Dick Smith, brought with him a really strong skill set and an understanding of the tech stack.

“He was able to maintain a big picture view of Airtasker’s company objectives and at the same time be able to work directly with each of our engineers,” Mr Fung said.

According to Mr Fung, the company’s east coast launch of its ‘like a boss’ campaign saw app downloads spike, with traffic increasing by up to 1100 percent, and the app trending in the App Store.

“As a result, we can better handle spikes in workloads, are more elastic in our scaling and can predict the number of servers we need before large events — this makes us vastly more cost-effective than we were before.”

Airtasker helps facilitate 80,000 tasks per month across Australia, with 1 million community members. It is used for everything from cooking, cleaning and decorating jobs, through to niche tasks such as setting up a Game of Thrones party for the season finale.

“Before we transitioned our infrastructure to Rackspace, we were genuinely fearful of crazy traffic spikes, mainly caused by media exposure, as we would often suffer major performance issues and actually once went down completely,” he said.

“If there’s one thing critical for a start-up — it’s being able to make sure that you can serve your users to absorb growth opportunities. With our new Rackspace infrastructure setup, we can be confident of that.”

Mr Fung said his start-up had grown six times year-on-year in 2016, and was aiming to keep up this growth.

Read the full article in The Australian.


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