The move comes after Airtasker experienced a 1100 per cent jump in online traffic thanks to their ‘Like A Boss’ advertising campaign.
Former tech chief at Dick Smith Paul Keen was brought on board as the CTO for Airtasker to oversee the migration to the Rackspace system.
Company CEO Tim Fung told The Australian that Keen brought with him a really strong skill set and an understanding the technology required.
“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,” he said.
Fung highlighted his concernabout the Airtasker site experiencing performance issues due to the increase in traffic, but with Rackspace’s system he’s confident the website can handle it.
“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,” he said. For example, we can go down to eight servers during quiet periods, and scale out to 30 or 40 within 5-10 minutes when we need them — this makes us vastly more cost-effective than we were before.”