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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 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:

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