Under the covers of eBay’s big data operation

Originally posted on Gigaom:

For online auction powerhouse eBay (s ebay), big data is serious business. The company has 100 million active users globally, 300 million live listings at any time (and it archives them all), receives 2 billion page views daily, and handles 250 million search queries and 75 billion database calls a day. How does eBay make sense of all this activity? With Hadoop, of course.

What a customer (or engineer) wants

Hugh Williams

Hugh Williams is VP of experience, search and platforms at eBay. His team is responsible for the entire eBay experience from the moment users hit the site until moment they make a purchase, from code to data center automation to building new picture-hosting platforms. If it has to do with driving traffic to eBay and improving the customer experience, Williams’ team builds it. But in order to know what to build and how to build it, the team needs insight into…

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