I really wonder why the Indian Railways, arguably one of the most active e-commerce sites in the country, needs to be offline for an hour every day.
I run a few web apps of my own and I’ve had only 50 minutes of downtime in an entire month. Yes, I know my app is nowhere near as complex as a railway reservation system. And yes, I know, those of you that are measuring up time in 5 nines are laughing at me, but give me a break – my services are in beta. Still, why does the IRCTC need an hour off every single day? Sure, as a customer, I’m somewhat inconvenienced, but as a developer I’m really curious as to what they’re doing in that hour.