Ryanair will close much of its data handling capacity and move most of its operations to the public cloud. The airline has signed a contract with Amazon Web Services and plans closing the vast majority of its own data centres by 2021
As part of its three-year standardisation plan, Ryanair will adopt AWS databases, analytics, machine learning and deep learning services. It will also build a company-wide data lake on Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3), which will allow it to stream customer and business data in real-time using AWS Kinesis.
The company will scrap its Microsoft SQL database in favour of Amazon Aurora, allowing it to run marketing campaigns ‘at a fraction of the cost’, it is claimed.
The Irish low-cost airline already uses AWS to run its main website and its hotel booking service, Ryanair Rooms, and has started using AWS ML Solutions Lab as a platform to develop applications capable of identifying surges in demand for specific flights and foreseeing any changes to flight schedules.