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Help:Cloud Services Introduction
Welcome to Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)!
Support and administration of the WMCS resources is provided by a Wikimedia Foundation team and Wikimedia movement volunteers.
Eventual final branding and renaming is open for discussion.
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 VPS and Tool Labs/Tools which is the PaaS environment is now being referred to as ToolForge.
From 2011 until early 2017, WMCS was known as "Wikimedia Labs".
The term 'Labs' became 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.
- Virtual Private Servers (VPS) for users to develop and maintain projects that help Wikimedia.
- ToolForge Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment for running bots, webservices, scheduled jobs, and doing analysis
- Data Services (DaaS) offerings that include a real-time and sanitized production database replica, and NFS access to Wikimedia Dumps
What Product Should I Use
VPS => Wikimedia 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.
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.
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.
- WMCS is working on a tool for read-only browsing of our projects at OpenStack Browser.
- Project administration is done through the OpenStack dashboard known as Horizon.
Joining and Participating
We are on IRC
- Tools must be open source software licensed under an OSI approved license.