When people think about Airbnb, they usually think of beautiful travel destinations, unique homes, and living like a local. Most people don’t think of Airbnb as a Payments company. However, similar to the manner in which PayPal was critical to eBay’s success as the first global online marketplace, payments at Airbnb is critical to Airbnb’s growth as a global platform for travel.
Encrypting sensitive data is an important security measure to help protect our users’ data that presents unique technical challenges around key storage and management. We built an encryption service that we call Cipher to address those technical challenges and enable engineers at Airbnb to encrypt data easily and consistently across our infrastructure. Our goal with Cipher was to provide an easy to use, language agnostic interface to any service that has encryption requirements.
ReAir is useful for replicating data warehouses based on the Hive metastore. We’ve made these tools to be scalable to clusters that are petabytes in size. Using ReAir with your cluster is simple as well — it connects to the Hive metastore Thrift service …
…rove the experience of using Airbnb. Recently, we’ve started to tackle a different type of problem. As an organization grows, how do we make sure that an insight uncovered by one person effectively transfers beyond the targeted recipient? Internally, we call this scaling knowledge.