Expedia Group is all in on AWS, with plans to migrate 80 percent of its mission-critical apps from its on-premises data centers to the cloud in the next two to three years. By using AWS, Expedia Group has become more resilient. Expedia Group’s developers have been able to innovate faster while saving the company millions of dollars. Expedia Group provides travel-booking services across its flagship site Expedia.com and about 200 other travel-booking sites around the world.
One of our metrics for success is the reduction of time to deploy within our teams. We use this method to launch applications pretty quickly compared to a traditional deployment. Moreover, reducing the cost of a rollback to zero means we can be fearless with deployments.”
Nhung Ho, head of data science at Intuit Quickbooks, discusses how the financial and tax-preparation software company uses AWS to better serve its customers. Intuit is all in on AWS and uses Amazon SageMaker to train its machine-learning models quickly and at scale, cutting the time needed to deploy the models by 90 percent.
“Using Amazon RDS for MySQL, we no longer need to spend time and money tuning IOPS to get strong database performance. By being in the cloud, we don’t need to worry about hardware acquisition costs. Ultimately, we have reduced our costs by 25%."
Director of Application Development and Cloud Operations
Skyscanner had too much riding on one Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance. "We were serving all our apex domains through one elastic IP address in one region," says Stewart Wallace, senior software engineer at Skyscanner. "That meant a large share of our worldwide traffic was routed through a single point of failure."
A travel-booking service that sees 100 million unique users a month, Skyscanner had built and deployed its service during a period of fast growth "in a weekend," according to Wallace.
"But as we continued to grow, we had issues with latency, and we couldn't afford downtime for maintenance. Latency, downtime, and certificate problems can all cause users to jump to our competitors, so we wanted to find a better solution before we experienced a serious failure."
Part of the TRATON Group (previously Volkswagen Truck & Bus), RIO develops digital products that connect logistics and telematics data to offer shippers and carriers real-time visibility on their shipments. RIO collaborates with Volkswagen Group Logistics, which operates 18,000 truckloads across Europe daily.
According to Christian Deger, chief architect at RIO, the company started in the cloud and is now embracing an Amazon Web Services (AWS)–first mentality, favoring solutions built on AWS over self-hosted ones. RIO uses AWS to create an open, scalable, and agile unified cloud platform for transportation and logistics management, on which everyone in the supply chain can connect. “AWS allows us to ingest and process IoT data from our devices without worrying about scaling and storage capacities. We know that, if the load increases, AWS can scale,” says Deger.
TransferWise is a global financial technology company working to develop better ways to move money around the world. Since its launch nine years ago, the company has experienced global business growth, with more than six million people and businesses having switched to TransferWise from more traditional providers due to its low cost, ease of use, and greater efficiency.
Keeping pace with its growth was challenging because TransferWise hosted its application environments in on-premises data centers that made it difficult to scale and ensure the constant availability customers expect. “In a physical environment, space is constrained by cost and geography,” says Thomas Hewer, technology lead at TransferWise. “We wanted to grow globally and didn’t want to have to build out data center partnerships with multiple vendors all over the place.” When TransferWise started providing services in new regions, the limitations of the company’s on-premises data centers were clear. “Our data center was in Europe, and we didn’t have a presence in the new areas we were in, such as Latin America, North America, and Southeast Asia,” Hewer says.
“Using AWS, we can spin up compute and storage resources where and when we need to, much faster than we ever could before. AWS will help us continue to drive our global expansion."
Technology Lead, TransferWise
Supercell is a Finland-based mobile game developer with hundreds of millions of active players and five globally-successful titles, including Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars, and Hay Day. Supercell's unique culture drives small teams, with only three server engineers, to develop games with independence and agility. To move faster and scale games with minimal operational overhead, Supercell migrated its 300 databases to Amazon Aurora.
Ryanair switched tape backups to the cloud using AWS Storage Gateway’s Tape Gateway and stored them in Amazon S3 Glacier and Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive for long-term storage. Ryanair eliminated the need for resources for ongoing support and management of physical tapes, and realized 65% savings in backup costs. Ryanair is Europe's largest airline group, flying more than 150 million passengers per year to more than 200 destinations on 2,400 daily flights.
The newest company in the Volkswagen Group, MOIA launched in December 2016. MOIA offers ridesharing services with its fully-electric fleet of vehicles, aiming to be one of the world's leading mobility service providers by 2025. According to Moritz Siuts, director of engineering at MOIA, the company started with a greenfield development and wanted to have a stable, cost-efficient platform—leading MOIA to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“AWS provides us with a variety of services we need so we can combine them together. We use a lot of IoT and AWS IoT Greengrass to have Lambda@Edge in the vehicle to collect all of the data,” says Siuts.
On AWS, MOIA can easily scale while also maintaining the flexibility to apply learnings from collected data back into MOIA’s platform for continuous optimization.