Indian Railways To Launch RailCloud To Optimise Server Management

The Indian Railways will launch RailCloud tomorrow, a virtual server with an inbuilt security system that will enable faster connectivity at a reduced cost. Developed by rail PSU RailTel at an estimated cost of about Rs. 53 crore, Railcloud aims at optimising server resources and its management. Cloud computing is an emerging technology for faster and on demand commensurate deployment of server resources which results in reduced costs.

RailCloud technology enables maximising the usage of available server and storage resulting in accommodation of bigger data and more applications within same server space. This makes the system suitable to meet higher demand. Currently all IT applications have separate servers which increase the cost of operations and purchases. The state-run transporter will also launch tomorrow Nivaran-Grievance Portal, the first IT application on the RailCloud. Nivaran is a platform for resolution of service-related grievances of serving and former railway employees.

RailCloud will cover all management related to various services like human resources, health and hospital, signal assets, freight and logistics and energy among others. It is a private cloud which has an inbuilt security system. In fact it will improve security and reduce the cost by 30 per cent.” The cloud shall be equipped with security features as per latest government guidelines. The security features can be updated in one go for all applications hosted on the cloud, resulting in enhanced security and stability with less expenditure and effort. RailCloud will pave the way for swifter deployment of applications within 24 hours as compared to conventional time running into weeks and months.

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