As part of a corporate-wide initiative to focus its engineering teams on innovation rather than hardware procurement and datacenter management, Expedia continues to move its 20 years’ worth of core-business workloads, digital properties, mobile applications, and legacy platforms largely from owned datacenters to AWS and will migrate several databases from Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle to Amazon Aurora as part of that process. The travel industry giant chose AWS for its highly scalable infrastructure, unmatched breadth of cloud services, and proven operational expertise. In 2013, Expedia started leveraging AWS to speed up various large-scale projects, a move that set the stage for its future marketing agreements and, eventually, acquisitions. Expedia could not have integrated and completed one of its first acquisitions in just 91 working days without leveraging AWS for capacity and traffic management. In the last couple of years, Expedia accelerated its cloud migration efforts to move the vast majority of its workloads to AWS. Expedia used AWS’s industry-leading services to build a scalable platform for faster application deployment and has been able to launch more than 4,000 cloud applications with a release velocity of 2,000 deployments a day, on average. In addition, the data science teams for Expedia Worldwide Engineering and Hotels.com are using AWS machine learning services to deploy a variety of modules that add intelligent capabilities to processes such as bidding on search engine marketing, providing post-booking recommendations to travelers, and matching great hotels with great prices for each booked trip. “We began our cloud journey on AWS with development and test workloads, and experienced so much success that we chose to make an all-in commitment to move our global brands, their websites and digital properties, analytics, mobile applications, and business-critical workloads to AWS,” said Tony Donohoe, Chief Technology Officer at Brand Expedia Group. “We have been able to build new applications and reengineer legacy platforms for optimal performance in the cloud. Before running analytics workloads on AWS, it took us three hours to analyze five days of performance metrics. Now we can analyze seven days of data in 30 seconds – that’s 360 times faster. With this kind of speed, we can quickly gain insights and drive the innovations that our customers expect as they interact with our brands around the world.” “The travel industry understands that it needs to continually transform consumer experiences to remain competitive and keep their customers engaged,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “With its strong presence in the market, Expedia clearly understands this. In choosing to go all-in on AWS, the cloud with the broadest and deepest functionality, they are building a culture of inventors who are focused on uncovering new ways to delight travelers that will benefit Expedia well into the future.”