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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
ServiceProductDescriptionUseSupport Level
VPSCloud VPSProvides 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.  
PaaSToolforgeProvides 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.
DaaSData ServicesA 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 You may find some outdated titles and names in WMCS documentation.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:
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
ConnectBest for
Phabricator Workboard#Cloud-ServicesTask tracking and bug reporting
IRC Channel#wikimedia-cloud​connect
Telegram bridge
mattermost bridge
General discussion and support
Mailing Listcloud@Information about ongoing initiatives, general discussion and support
Announcement emailscloud-announce@Information about critical changes (all messages mirrored to cloud@)
News wiki pageNewsInformation about major near-term plans
Cloud Services BlogClouds & UnicornsLearning more details about some of our work
Wikimedia Technical Blogtechblog.wikimedia.orgNews and stories from the Wikimedia technical movement
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Last edited on 13 August 2021, at 20:44
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