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== WMCS project overview ==
===What is Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)?===
'''Wikimedia Cloud Services''' ('''WMCS''') empowers technical contributions to the Wikimedia software world. WMCS is a flexible computing ecosystem built on [[W:OpenStack|OpenStack]], [[W:Oracle Grid Engine|GridEngine]], and [[W:Kubernetes|Kubernetes]].
WMCS products and resources 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 Cloud Services team]] and [ Wikimedia movement volunteers].
=== 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 [[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.
=== Renaming of products ===
Efforts are underway to improve the [[phab:phame/post/view/59/labs_and_tool_labs_being_renamed/| language and branding]] surrounding the products and services we offer.
Working titles are now in use across some documentation. The generic compute/'Labs' environment for running virtual instances is now referred to as "Cloud VPS," and the Tool Labs PaaS environment is now referred to as "Toolforge."
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== WMCS products ==
* [[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.
* [[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 [[|Wikimedia Dumps]]
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== Which product should I use? ==
=== VPS → [[Portal:Cloud VPS|Cloud VPS]] ===
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]] ===
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]] ===
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 [ Quarry service] provides database access via a web interface without project setup.
== Terms of use ==
* 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 [ 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 ==
[[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]].
Read our [[Help:Getting_Started|Getting Started]] guide for detailed information on creating accounts and becoming active in our projects.
== Support and administration ==
We use Phabricator ([[phab:project/profile/832/|workboard]]), an [[Help:IRC|IRC]] channel ({{Irc|wikimedia-cloud}}), and email list ([ cloud]) as primary support channels.
Wikimedia Cloud Services are a joint effort between Wikimedia Foundation staff and many dedicated volunteers:
* [[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
* [ Toolforge tool] maintainers
* and many more people who help by creating and maintaining documentation on this wiki and others in the Wikimedia movement
== Learn more ==
[[File:WMCS components.svg|thumb|upright=1.3|WMCS components]]
* Read our glossary of [[Help:Terminology|terminology]]
* Browse existing VPS projects using [[toollabs:openstack-browser/|OpenStack Browser]].
* Project administration is done through the OpenStack dashboard known as [ Horizon].
* Toolforge (Tools) has a [[toollabs:|homepage]] and a [[toollabs:?list|directory of Tools]]
;Other explanations
* [[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)
* [[:Media:WMCS_Presentation.pdf|What is Wikimedia Cloud Services?]] presentation slides (12 pages)
* [[c:File:Introduction to Wikimedia Cloud Services.webm|Video presentation: Introduction to Wikimedia Cloud Services, at Wikimania 2017]] (56 minutes)

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