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December 7, 2017
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Updates and Videos from re:Invent 2017

By in Cloud, Events on December 7, 2017 | Responses (1)

As Mark Okerstorm announced during last week’s re:Invent in Las Vegas, teams at Expedia are in the midst of migrating our travel platforms to AWS. Our teams had a busy time at re:Invent showcasing some of our work and lessons learned. In this post, I want to share highlights and videos of these sessions. Optimizing Costs as You Scale on AWS (ENT302) In this joint session with Gulshan Kharbanda from AWS, Abiade Adedoyin from Expedia shares our approaches to cost optimization, and how we incorporate cost awareness in to our…

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November 26, 2017
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Rob Meyer (@robfromca)
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re:Invent 2017 – Building High-Performing Cloud Teams

By Rob Meyer (@robfromca) in Cloud, Culture on November 26, 2017 | Responses (1)

Session: ENT217: Building High-Performing Cloud Teams This session is a part of the Chalk Talk series at re:Invent where presenters team up to have a slide-lite, interactive discussion with attendees.  Matt will be presenting with Ian Falconer, Engagement Manager from AWS to talk about how to optimize your teams to take full advantage of the new capabilities provided by the cloud. The hardest part about migrating to the cloud is often not the technical challenges themselves, but rather changing the culture to take full advantage of what it really means to…

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November 22, 2017
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Rob Meyer (@robfromca)
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re:Invent 2017 – Building a Mission Critical, Serverless Photo Pipeline for 100 Million Photos

By Rob Meyer (@robfromca) in General on November 22, 2017 | Responses (1)

SRV315: How We Built a Mission-Critical, Serverless File Processing Pipeline for over 100 Million Photos Monday, November 27th 2:30 PM, Aria, Level 3, Juniper 4 Mike worked on HomeAway‘s image processing pipeline using Lambda functions, SNS, and DynamoDB to handle an ever growing collection of over 100 million property photos uploaded by the property owners. He’ll share the from scratch evolution of the service, walking the audience piece by piece through the overall architecture and sharing some of the key insights. You’ll learn: Where Lambdas work and where they don’t Best…

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November 21, 2017
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Dave Bakshani and Willie Wheeler (@williewheeler)
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re:Invent 2017 – Use EC2 Systems Manager to Perform Automated Resiliency Testing in Your CI/CD Pipeline

By Dave Bakshani and Willie Wheeler (@williewheeler) in Cloud, Devops on November 21, 2017 | Responses (0)

DEV338: Use Amazon EC2 Systems Manager to Perform Automated Resiliency Testing in Your CI/CD Pipeline This is one of the topics that was selected by Amazon to be presented at AWS re:Invent this year. At re:Invent, we will talk about what is Resilience Engineering, and why it is important to build resilience into your applications. Also covered will be some strategies for improving resiliency, and what a resilience experiment looks like. As we explored this subject, we realized that while it is important to randomly test the resilience of our…

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November 10, 2017
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re:Invent 2017 – Getting Started with Amazon Aurora

By Rob Meyer (@robfromca) in General on November 10, 2017 |

This is one in a series of talks our Expedia team members are delivering at re:Invent 2017. Session: DAT202 – Getting Started with Amazon Aurora Monday Nov 27, 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM Venetian Level 4, Marcello 4405 Amazon Aurora services are MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database engines with the speed, reliability, and availability of high-end commercial databases at one-tenth the cost. This session introduces you to Amazon Aurora, explores the capabilities and features of Aurora, explains common use cases, and helps you get started with Aurora. Expedia’s experience with…

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November 7, 2017
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Hear from the Expedia Team at re:Invent 2017

By Rob Meyer (@robfromca) in Cloud on November 7, 2017 | Responses (2)

We are proud to announce this year we have 10 members of our Expedia team sharing their knowledge and learnings at Amazon’s re:Invent 2017 in December. They’ll be covering cloud topics like using AWS database services in high volume environments, using EC2 Systems Manager to build resiliency testing into a continuous integration pipeline, building high performing cloud based teams, and many other interesting topics. Here’s the full list so far, and we’ll be posting a more detailed teaser for these as the conference date approaches. Abiade Adedoyin ENT302: Optimizing Costs…

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October 26, 2017
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Dan Levy
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Fixing Flaky Time Based Unit Tests

By Dan Levy in Mobile Development, Testing on October 26, 2017 | Responses (1)

My name is Dan Levy and I work on our iOS team responsible for the Expedia iOS application. On our team we rely heavily on our continuous delivery pipeline to ship frequently to users, and a subset of those checks run when a pull request is created. Over the last few months many team members were experiencing random build failures due to a couple of annoying tests flapping good and bad, seemingly randomly. Flaky tests can kill the effectiveness of your pipeline so it’s a high priority to remove them….

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October 11, 2017
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Rohan Kulkarni
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Rimor – Let your tabs inspire your next vacation

By Rohan Kulkarni in Travel Technology on October 11, 2017 | Responses (1)

I wanted to share an fun idea that my team in Chicago worked on as an extension to our Hackathon idea from June this year. It is called RIMOR By Expedia (Rimor is Latin for Explorer) and is a Chrome extension that will show you beautiful pictures with recommended cities and links to Expedia pages (Destination Experience pages) when you open new tab in your browser. It also provides capabilities to share the experience, favorite the cities that you like to visit later and checkout a new location. This is…

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July 6, 2017
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Ram Hariharan
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Turbocharging Machine Learning

By Ram Hariharan in Big Data, Cloud, Data Science on July 6, 2017 |

The Challenge – How can we scale bidding? Expedia attracts customers through meta search sites like Trivago, Google Hotel Ads, TripAdvisor, and Kayak. As you might guess, Meta sites are very competitive marketplaces. This comes as no surprise – the Winner spot gets 80% of the clicks and traffic drops off exponentially from there. To compete effectively good prices and an optimal bid are both important – the meta site uses a proprietary algorithm that involves the hotel’s price and associated bid to choose a hotel offer for the winner spot. We have to be smart about our bids for each of…

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May 19, 2017
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Cloud and Finance – Lessons learned

This is a joint post with Abiade Adedoyin. Here at Expedia, we’re undergoing a strategic migration to the cloud. Like most others, we too first struggled to understand and manage our cloud spend. Over the past eight months, we learned some lessons and adopted certain practices to manage our cloud spend more predictably and efficiently than before. Here are the results of our practices: We increased the proportion of reserved instances (RIs) from under 40% to about 65% to 70%. See the “Compute Usage Hours” chart below. Our overall savings…

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