The additional capacity created for the mega sale was higher than Flipkart had done through the seven years since its launch in 2007, an executive from the company’s IT team said.
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As much as 50 tonnes of copper was moved across the country for cabling. In terms of spread, it meant more than 800 km — about the distance between Mumbai and Udaipur, or Delhi and Gandhinagar — to be ready for the mega sale. Additionally, 50 km of fibre-optic cable — 30 km of that airlifted from outside of India — was laid.
The company subscribed to more than 350 MB of MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) bandwidth. On top of that, around 1,200 data cards were pressed into action to ensure there was no site cut-off from the system. According to Sathish Udupi, vice-president (IT), Flipkart became one of the top five bandwidth consumers in India in the run-up to the ‘Big Billion Day’ sale.
Roughly, more than 2,000 systems, 3,500 scanners, 1,200 printers, 300 routers, 300 firewalls and 300 switches were in use. Apart from hardcore technology, a total of 350,000 minutes of calls were made during the preparatory phase — calls made by internal teams to the vendors and partners.
Mindful that it should not get another round of bashing in social media, Flipkart, which is in the process of next round of fundraising, is sure to put its technological prowess to use again, soon.