South East Central Railway is part of India’s state-owned national railway system and is India’s busiest railway zone, having carried over 130 million passenger journeys between FY2012 and FY2013, and it transports around 150 million metric tons of freight each year. In particular, it transports high volumes of coal, iron, steel, and cement, which are essential to India’s infrastructure development program. The company’s staff of 40,000 manages the railway’s daily maintenance, provides 24-hour support, and interfaces with other railway zone offices to secure Indian Railways’ national operations across its vast regions.
South East Central Railways had used Oracle Database since 2004 for its various business-critical applications. In 2012, the company decided to upgrade to Oracle Database 11g with Oracle WebLogic Suite.
“We decided to upgrade to Oracle Database11g as South East Central Railway had successfully used Oracle products for years and wanted to implement the enhanced features of the new version for our data center. We needed to seamlessly transition to a three-tier architecture, and we knew that Oracle could deliver a superior performance for us, simply and quickly,” said Lokesh Vishnoi, deputy chief signal and telecom engineer (construction), South East Central Railway.
South East Central Railway implemented a three-tier architecture consisting of a database server, application server, and a wide-area network connecting terminals in head office with remote locations. It completed the upgrade, including data migration, in five days. The new database platform went live—on time and within budget—in April 2012.
South East Central Railway engaged Oracle partner KPIT Cummins for predeployment design and development and assistance with implementation, including data migration and license purchasing. KPIT Cummins delivered user acceptance testing and training during implementation, and it continues to provide postdeployment support.