Indian Railways has opened a new data center in Chennai.
The new facility will host Passenger Reservation System (PRS), Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS), and the Mobile Ticketing System over Southern, Southwestern, and Southcentral Railways, as well as National Train Enquiry System and other services and applications for public as well as for Railways’ internal working.
The previous data center which used to host those applications was built in 1985, and over time was becoming congested as the facility processed 900,000 tickets per day.
The new facility, located in the Moore Market Complex railway station, replaces the old data center in the same building. It contains 16 racks for servers, 10 racks for communication equipment, and includes a provision to accommodate future development for the next 20 years via 16 further racks.
The facility was refreshed and refurbished at a cost of $1.92 million, and includes renovated offices for a number of departments.
The old facility was shut down on August 28 and the new one brought online on September 1.
Indian Railways manages its Passenger Reservation System (PRS)/Unreserved Ticketing (UTS) through four data centers located at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.