The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation will install five high-capacity servers, imported from Singapore, to speed up its e-ticketing operations.
The initiative to import five new servers from Singapore comes close on the heels of introduction of two new high-speed servers by IRCTC to Passenger Reservation System (PRS) earlier this month, which have doubled the peak-time efficiency for booking tatkal tickets at the railways’ ticketing website.
With five more servers, the number of concurrent users is expected to go up from the existing 180,000 to 300,000 while the existing capacity to book around 15,000 tickets per minute will go up considerably.
“Five new HP Itanium servers, to be installed shortly in the Passenger Reservation System (PRS), would considerably speed up the booking of e-tickets and streamline the Next Generation E-Ticketing System (NGET),” IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director AK Manocha on Friday said.
“There are already five servers in the PRS and with the addition of five new servers from Singapore, their number would go up to ten,” he said.
The operationalisation of five new high-speed servers is expected to substantially enhance the website’s performance. Also, the entire procedure of e-ticketing will get a face-lift with improvement in efficiency of the website, log-in time and payment gateway.
IRCTC is also planning to increase its network bandwidth from the existing 1.4 GB to 1.7 GB in order to enhance the performance of e-ticketing operations.
Earlier on June 1, IRCTC had installed two Linux-enabled servers, substantially raising the online booking capacity, much to the relief of passengers wanting to book a tatkal ticket. The website witnesses faces heavy rush in its first 15 minutes as tatkal reservation opens at 10 AM every day.
The introduction of five new servers, which are in the process of being installed, was vital, considering that 54 per cent train tickets in the country are booked through the IRCTC website.
The average daily sale of train tickets through the portal was around 5.5 to 6 lakh. It has registered a record 14,800 tickets per minute.
IRCTC, a PSU of Railways, had introduced e-ticketing in 2002 through its digital platform.