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[[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]]


== Overview ==
== WMCS project 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.
===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 [https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Volunteer_opportunities 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."


{{anchor|WMCS Products}}
{{anchor|WMCS Products}}
== Our products ==
 
== 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: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: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]]
* [[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}}
{{anchor|What product should I use?}}
 
== Which product should I use? ==
== Which product should I use? ==


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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.
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 ==
== 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]].
* 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 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]].
* 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 ==
== 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]].
[[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]].
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Read our [[Help:Getting_Started|Getting Started]] guide for detailed information on creating accounts and becoming active in our projects.
Read our [[Help:Getting_Started|Getting Started]] guide for detailed information on creating accounts and becoming active in our projects.


== Support and Administration ==
== Support and administration ==


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.
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.
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* [[:Media:WMCS_Presentation.pdf|What is Wikimedia Cloud Services?]] presentation slides (12 pages)
* [[: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)
* [[c:File:Introduction to Wikimedia Cloud Services.webm|Video presentation: Introduction to Wikimedia Cloud Services, at Wikimania 2017]] (56 minutes)
== History ==
:''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".
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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.


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[[Category:Documentation]]

Revision as of 23:13, 7 February 2018

Poster-format overview

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 OpenStack, GridEngine, and Kubernetes.

WMCS products and resources are available for use by anyone connected with the Wikimedia movement. Support and administration of the WMCS resources is provided by a 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 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 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."

WMCS products

  • Cloud VPS provides collaboratively owned collections of virtual private servers where users develop and maintain software projects that help the Wikimedia movement.
  • Toolforge provides a shared hosting/platform as a service environment for running bots, webservices, scheduled jobs, and data analysis.
  • Data Services is a collection of products including private-information-redacted copies of Wikimedia's production wiki databases and access to Wikimedia Dumps

Which product should I use?

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 → 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 → 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

Joining and participating

Wikitech Account Holders are governed by the Labs terms of use, the Rules, and the Code of Conduct for technical spaces. The agreement to disclosure of personally identifiable information covers End-Users.

Read our Getting Started guide for detailed information on creating accounts and becoming active in our projects.

Support and administration

We use Phabricator (workboard), an IRC channel (#wikimedia-cloud connect), and email list (cloud) as primary support channels.

Wikimedia Cloud Services are a joint effort between Wikimedia Foundation staff and many dedicated volunteers:

Learn more

WMCS components
Other explanations