| How Timely are Growing with Azure
Thiago here. Welcome back. As manager of the New Zealand BizSpark program, I work with many start-ups and ISVs. This week I’d like to introduce Andrew Schofield and the Timely team. As much as I love to share the stories of the companies I work with, no one can tell their journey better than they can. So I’ll leave it to Andrew to take you through their journey in this week’s editorial (takeover):
Timely is a cloud-based appointment system for clinics, salons, practices and any business operator that takes appointments. Our mission is to build the best booking system in the world.
When we started out on this mission we chose Microsoft Azure as the platform that we would build the software on. This wasn’t a decision we made lightly, as we were choosing a long-term partner that would make this a reality with us. Using Azure gives us no headaches over server setup and maintenance, global availability and instant scalability. Looking back now, boy did we make the right decision. Azure has come a long, long way since we started!
We began with just a couple of web servers and a single database. We have now grown to a solution that includes over 40 servers, databases replicated globally, and take advantage of many of Azure’s services including Service Bus, Redis Cache, Azure Search, Azure Storage, Azure CDN, Traffic Manager and more. These services have really helped us scale the application as we’ve added more customers to the top of the funnel. Here is a diagram of the services we have deployed.
For an early stage startup, Azure lets you focus on getting a product to market quickly. The platform comes hand in glove with the BizSpark program, so sign up for that too and receive a $190/month subsidy for Azure. Once you have grown BizSpark Plus gives you up to $60,000 free Azure too. That was enough for us to get Timely out in front of our audience without any significant up-front costs, or time setting up infrastructure. Absolute gold.
If you want to learn more don’t hesitate to get in touch, we love sharing war stories. We’re also hiring if you’d like to jump in the rocket ship with us!
So, how are you using Azure?