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{{notice | wmflabs.org and wmcloud.org redirect here. You might be looking for the [[:Category:Toolforge tools|Lists of Toolforge tools]] or the [[toolforge:openstack-browser/project/|List of Cloud VPS projects]].}}
[[File:What is Cloud Services? poster.pdf|thumb|upright=1.3|Poster-format overview]]
[[File:What is Cloud Services? poster.pdf|thumb|upright=1.3|Poster-format overview]]
'''Wikimedia Cloud Services''' ('''WMCS''') is a flexible computing ecosystem built on [[W:OpenStack|OpenStack]], [[W:Oracle Grid Engine|GridEngine]], and [[W:Kubernetes|Kubernetes]]. The project empowers technical contribution to the Wikimedia software world. The products and resources of the WMCS project are available for use by anyone connected with the [[meta:Wikimedia movement|Wikimedia movement]]. Support and administration of the WMCS resources is provided by a [[Mw:Wikimedia Cloud Services team|Wikimedia Foundation team]] and Wikimedia movement volunteers.


{{anchor|WMCS Products}}
== WMCS project overview ==
== Our products ==
 
===What is Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)?===


* [[Portal:Cloud VPS|Cloud VPS]] provides collaborative owned collections of virtual private servers where users develop and maintain software projects that help the Wikimedia movement.
'''Wikimedia Cloud Services''' ('''WMCS''') provides tools, services, and support for technical collaborators who want to contribute to Wikimedia software projects. WMCS is a computing ecosystem built on [[W:OpenStack|OpenStack]], [[W:Oracle Grid Engine|GridEngine]], and [[W:Kubernetes|Kubernetes]].
* [[Portal:Toolforge|Toolforge]] provides a shared hosting/platform as a service environment for running bots, webservices, scheduled jobs, and data analysis.
* [[Portal:Data Services|Data Services]] is a collection of products including private-information-redacted copies of Wikimedia's production wiki databases and access to [[Dumps.wikimedia.org|Wikimedia Dumps]]


{{anchor|What Product Should I Use}}
WMCS products and services are available for use by anyone connected with the [[meta:Wikimedia movement|Wikimedia movement]] without charge. Support and administration of the WMCS resources is provided by a [[Mw:Wikimedia Cloud Services team|Wikimedia Foundation Cloud Services team]] and [[wmf:Volunteer_opportunities|Wikimedia movement volunteers]]. We maintain a [[Help:Glossary|Glossary]] of related terminology.
== Which product should I use? ==


=== VPS → [[Portal:Cloud VPS|Cloud VPS]] ===
🎬 '''Video''': [https://media.ccc.de/v/36c3-77-wikimedia-cloud-services-introduction  Wikimedia Cloud Services introduction]
If you need to run full virtual instances and are willing to administer them on your own we can provide quota to do so. 


=== PaaS → [[Portal:Toolforge|Toolforge]] ===
📣 '''Slides''': [[commons:File:Introduction_to_Wikimedia_Cloud_Services_-_Wikimania_Hackathon_2019_Stockholm_Sweden.pdf|An introduction to Cloud Services presentation from Wikimania Stockholm 2019]]
If you need to run a specific webservice, scheduled job, or perform analysis but do not want to or are not able to manage a full virtual environment, this is the best place.


=== DaaS → [[Portal:Data Services|Data Services]] ===
=== WMCS history ===
We provide replicas of the production databases and other data for analysis and experimentation.  DaaS resources are available from both the VPS and the PaaS environments, though some of them may need to be requested for a specific VPS Project. In addition, the [https://quarry.wmflabs.org/ Quarry service] provides database access via a web interface without project setup.


== Terms of Use ==
From 2011 until early 2017, WMCS was known as "Wikimedia Labs." The term 'Labs' was used to refer to a number of different [[Labs labs labs|components]], and clarification was required. In 2017, the project was reorganized. The former Wikimedia Foundation Labs team and the Tool Labs Support team joined together to create the Wikimedia Cloud Services team.  
* All WMCS resources are subject to the [[Wikitech:Labs_Terms_of_use|Wikimedia Labs Terms of Use]] and the [[mw:Code of Conduct|Code of Conduct for technical spaces]].
* Toolforge tools must be [[w:Open-source software|open source software]] licensed under an [http://opensource.org/licenses OSI approved license].
* Toolforge and Cloud VPS projects must not collect, store, or share private data or personally identifiable information, such as user names, passwords, or IP addresses, except when complying with the conditions listed in the [[Wikitech:Labs_Terms_of_use|Wikimedia Labs Terms of Use]].


== Joining and Participating ==
{{anchor|WMCS Products}}


[[Help:Terminology|Wikitech Account Holders]] are governed by the [[Project:Labs Terms of use|Labs terms of use]], the [[Help:Rules|Rules]], and the [[mw:Code of Conduct|Code of Conduct for technical spaces]]. The [[mw:Wikimedia Labs/Agreement to disclosure of personally identifiable information|agreement to disclosure of personally identifiable information]] covers [[Help:Terminology|End-Users]].
== WMCS products and services ==


Read our [[Help:Getting_Started|Getting Started]] guide for detailed information on creating accounts and becoming active in our projects.
{{anchor|What product should I use?}}
{| class="wikitable sortable"
|+ WMCS Products
! Service
! Product
! Description
! Use
! Support Level
|-
| [[:en:Virtual_private_server|VPS]]
| [[Portal:Cloud VPS|Cloud VPS]]
| Provides collaboratively owned collections of virtual private servers where users develop and maintain software projects that help the Wikimedia movement.
| Use this to run full virtual instances.
| You are willing to administer instances on your own. We can provide quota to do so.  
|-
| [[:en:Platform as a service|PaaS]]
| [[Portal:Toolforge|Toolforge]]
| Provides a shared hosting/platform-as-a-service environment for running bots, webservices, scheduled jobs, and data analysis.
| Run a specific webservice, scheduled job, or perform analysis.
| You do not want to or are not able to manage a full virtual environment.
|-
| [[:en:Data_as_a_service|DaaS]]
| [[Portal:Data Services|Data Services]]
| A collection of products including private-information-redacted copies of Wikimedia's production wiki databases and access to [[Dumps.wikimedia.org|Wikimedia Dumps]].
| Create replicas of the production databases and other data for analysis and experimentation.  
| The [[quarry:|Quarry service]] provides database access via a web interface. Some DaaS resources may need to be requested for specific VPS projects.
|}


== Support and Administration ==
=== Renaming of products and services ===
We are in the process of changing the [[phab:phame/post/view/59/labs_and_tool_labs_being_renamed/| language and branding]] of the products and services we offer. You may find some outdated titles and names in WMCS documentation. Edits are welcome!


We use Phabricator ([[phab:project/profile/832/|workboard]]), an [[Help:IRC|IRC]] channel ({{Irc|wikimedia-cloud}}), and email list ([https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/cloud cloud]) as primary support channels.
== Participating with WMCS ==


Wikimedia Cloud Services are a joint effort between Wikimedia Foundation staff and many dedicated volunteers:
=== Sign up for services ===
* [[mw:Wikimedia Cloud Services team|Wikimedia Cloud Services team]]
* [[mw:Wikimedia Technical Operations|Wikimedia Technical Operations]]
* [[meta:Community Liaisons|Community Liaisons]]
* [[Help:Toolforge/Toolforge standards committee|Toolforge standards committee]]
* [[phab:project/members/832/|Phabricator participants]]
* [[toollabs:openstack-browser/project/|Cloud VPS project]] maintainers
* [https://tools.wmflabs.org/?list Toolforge tool] maintainers
* and many more people who help by creating and maintaining documentation on this wiki and others in the Wikimedia movement


{{anchor|Discovery}}
To access and contribute to Cloud Services projects and tools, you will need the following accounts:


== Learn more ==
*'''Wikimedia account''' - this account is the single user login or SUL account you use to contribute to Wikipedia and its sister projects.
*[[Help:Create_a_Wikimedia_developer_account|'''Wikimedia developer account''']] - this account is used log into this wiki, Toolforge, Cloud VPS, Gerrit and other protected Wikimedia Services.
* '''[[mw:Gerrit|Gerrit]]'''- our code review system; where our repositories (repos) live. Note that while [[mw:Gerrit/GitHub/GitHub]] contains many of our public repos, you can only make pull requests for Cloud Services projects via Gerrit. Other Wiki projects may use GitHub exclusively.
* '''[[mw:Phabricator|Phabricator]]'''- our project management system; for opening tickets, suggesting features, and talking about our plans for the next quarter.
* '''[[mw:MediaWiki on IRC|IRC]]''' - live chat channels. We have several channels related to our cloud servers, but the main channel is #wikimedia-cloud. Deployment also frequently uses #wikimedia-serviceops.
* The ability to [[Help:Access|access instances]] in the WMCS environment.


[[File:WMCS components.svg|thumb|upright=1.3|WMCS components]]
===Review the terms and conditions===


* Read our glossary of [[Help:Terminology|terminology]]
Second, make sure to review and agree to our terms and conditions. [[Help:Terminology|Account holders]] who plan to use WMCS resources and products must read and agree to the following:
* Browse existing VPS projects using [[toollabs:openstack-browser/|OpenStack Browser]].
* Project administration is done through the OpenStack dashboard known as [https://horizon.wikimedia.org/ Horizon].
* Toolforge (Tools) has a [[toollabs:|homepage]] and a [[toollabs:?list|directory of Tools]]


;Other explanations
* [[Wikitech:Cloud Services Terms of use|Wikimedia Cloud Services Terms of Use]]  
* [[wmfblog:/2017/09/11/introducing-wikimedia-cloud-services/|Introducing the Cloud Services Team: What we do, and how we can help you]] blog entry (September 2017)
* [[mw:Code of Conduct|Code of Conduct for technical spaces]]
* [[:Media:WMCS_Presentation.pdf|What is Wikimedia Cloud Services?]] presentation slides (12 pages)
* [[mw:Wikimedia Labs/Agreement to disclosure of personally identifiable information|Agreement to disclosure of personally identifiable information]] (covers [[Help:Terminology|End-Users]]).
* [[c:File:Introduction to Wikimedia Cloud Services.webm|Video presentation: Introduction to Wikimedia Cloud Services, at Wikimania 2017]] (56 minutes)


== History ==
Please pay close attention to the following terms for '''Toolforge and Cloud VPS:'''
:''A community consultation on branding has now been closed after an open call for participation and [[User:BryanDavis/Rebranding Cloud Services products|discussion]].''


We are [[phab:phame/post/view/59/labs_and_tool_labs_being_renamed/|actively working to rebrand the WMCS products]]. Working titles are now in use across some documentation. The generic compute/'Labs' environment for running your own virtual instances is being referred to now as "Cloud VPS" and the Tool Labs PaaS environment is now being referred to as "Toolforge".
* Toolforge tools must be [[w:Open-source software|open source software]] licensed under an [http://opensource.org/licenses OSI approved license].
* Toolforge and Cloud VPS projects must not collect, store, or share private data or personally identifiable information, such as user names, passwords, or IP addresses, except when complying with the conditions listed in the [[Wikitech:Cloud Services Terms of use|Wikimedia Cloud Services Terms of Use]].


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{{:Help:Cloud Services communication}}


From 2011 until early 2017, WMCS was known as "Wikimedia Labs". The term 'Labs' became [[Labs labs labs|overloaded]] and often required clarification about what component of the ecosystem was being referred to. The former Wikimedia Foundation Labs team and the Tool Labs Support team have joined forces as the Wikimedia Cloud Services team and are launching a campaign to improve the language and branding surrounding products and services offered.
== Learn more ==


* [[Help:FAQ | Cloud VPS and Toolforge At-A-Glance]]: This page provides a basic introduction to '''Cloud VPS''' and '''Toolforge'''.
* [[Portal:Cloud_VPS | Cloud VPS Portal]]: Information about Cloud VPS and links to help and technical documentation.
* [[Portal:Toolforge | Toolforge Portal]]: Information about Toolforge and links to help and technical documentation.
* [[Portal:Data_Services | Data Services Portal]]: Information about Data Services and links to help and technical documentation.


[[Category:Documentation]]
[[Category:Cloud Services]]

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Poster-format overview

WMCS project overview

What is Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)?

Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS) provides tools, services, and support for technical collaborators who want to contribute to Wikimedia software projects. WMCS is a computing ecosystem built on OpenStack, GridEngine, and Kubernetes.

WMCS products and services are available for use by anyone connected with the Wikimedia movement without charge. Support and administration of the WMCS resources is provided by a Wikimedia Foundation Cloud Services team and Wikimedia movement volunteers. We maintain a Glossary of related terminology.

🎬 Video: Wikimedia Cloud Services introduction

📣 Slides: An introduction to Cloud Services presentation from Wikimania Stockholm 2019

WMCS history

From 2011 until early 2017, WMCS was known as "Wikimedia Labs." The term 'Labs' was used to refer to a number of different components, and clarification was required. In 2017, the project was reorganized. The former Wikimedia Foundation Labs team and the Tool Labs Support team joined together to create the Wikimedia Cloud Services team.

WMCS products and services

WMCS Products
Service Product Description Use Support Level
VPS Cloud VPS Provides collaboratively owned collections of virtual private servers where users develop and maintain software projects that help the Wikimedia movement. Use this to run full virtual instances. You are willing to administer instances on your own. We can provide quota to do so.  
PaaS Toolforge Provides a shared hosting/platform-as-a-service environment for running bots, webservices, scheduled jobs, and data analysis. Run a specific webservice, scheduled job, or perform analysis. You do not want to or are not able to manage a full virtual environment.
DaaS Data Services A collection of products including private-information-redacted copies of Wikimedia's production wiki databases and access to Wikimedia Dumps. Create replicas of the production databases and other data for analysis and experimentation.   The Quarry service provides database access via a web interface. Some DaaS resources may need to be requested for specific VPS projects.

Renaming of products and services

We are in the process of changing the language and branding of the products and services we offer. You may find some outdated titles and names in WMCS documentation. Edits are welcome!

Participating with WMCS

Sign up for services

To access and contribute to Cloud Services projects and tools, you will need the following accounts:

  • Wikimedia account - this account is the single user login or SUL account you use to contribute to Wikipedia and its sister projects.
  • Wikimedia developer account - this account is used log into this wiki, Toolforge, Cloud VPS, Gerrit and other protected Wikimedia Services.
  • Gerrit- our code review system; where our repositories (repos) live. Note that while mw:Gerrit/GitHub/GitHub contains many of our public repos, you can only make pull requests for Cloud Services projects via Gerrit. Other Wiki projects may use GitHub exclusively.
  • Phabricator- our project management system; for opening tickets, suggesting features, and talking about our plans for the next quarter.
  • IRC - live chat channels. We have several channels related to our cloud servers, but the main channel is #wikimedia-cloud. Deployment also frequently uses #wikimedia-serviceops.
  • The ability to access instances in the WMCS environment.

Review the terms and conditions

Second, make sure to review and agree to our terms and conditions. Account holders who plan to use WMCS resources and products must read and agree to the following:

Please pay close attention to the following terms for Toolforge and Cloud VPS:

Communication and support

We communicate and provide support through several primary channels. Please reach out with questions and to join the conversation.

Communicate with us
Connect Best for
Phabricator Workboard #Cloud-Services Task tracking and bug reporting
IRC Channel #wikimedia-cloud connect
Telegram bridge
mattermost bridge
General discussion and support
Mailing List cloud@ Information about ongoing initiatives, general discussion and support
Announcement emails cloud-announce@ Information about critical changes (all messages mirrored to cloud@)
News wiki page News Information about major near-term plans
Cloud Services Blog Clouds & Unicorns Learning more details about some of our work
Wikimedia Technical Blog techblog.wikimedia.org News and stories from the Wikimedia technical movement

Learn more