Wikimedia Cloud Services team
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The Wikimedia Cloud Services team (WMCS) is a subteam of the Technical Engagement team responsible for maintaining and extending the existing Wikimedia Cloud Services computing infrastructure (virtual private server (VPS)), the Toolforge hosting environment (platform as a service (PaaS)), and many additional supporting technologies used in the Cloud Services environment. The team works in partnership with the larger Wikimedia volunteer community to manage the physical and virtual resources that power the environment and provide technical support to volunteer developers and other Wikimedia Cloud Services users.
Team
Social Norms
A collaboratively written set of guidelines that we want to follow as a team.
Decision making
Sometimes making decisions is hard, and sometimes you just need a decision made. This is a social agreement between the members of the team to follow and commit to the following decision process:
When do you have autonomy to decide?
Example: If the task is maintenance on existing work and has little to no user impact (e.g. upgrades, refreshes, cluster expansions, etc. etc.) and takes less than 5 days -> Just do it.
* The responsibility for the decision comes when you are made directly responsible for a project that is assigned when starting/planning a project.
How does the decision process go?
NOTE: If you have autonomy, then it's up to you to decide when/how/who to consult or get involved, following this process is still recommended for technical discussions and decision record keeping, specially for architectural/big decisions.
Otherwise:
Decision meeting:
This will happen in a synchronous meeting, created by the proposer of the decision, with the format:
Documenting a decision:
Create a new page under enhancement proposals using this template:
https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Cloud_Services_team/EnhancementProposals/Decision_record_template
You will be able to copy most of the contents of the task into the wiki page and just fill up the missing bits.
Mission
The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. Technology serves a key role in these activities by lowering barriers to large-scale collaboration and reducing publishing costs to negligible levels. A significant portion of the technology used by the Wikimedia movement is developed by the movement itself, and these products need support in the form of compute resources, technical guidance, and community support to flourish.
Objectives
The strategic activities of the Wikimedia Cloud Services team have two objectives to support our mission:
  1. Reduce the barriers to making technical contributions to the Wikimedia movement.
  2. Provide excellent hosting solutions to support technical projects.
Responsibilities
  1. Provide a stable and effective hosting platform for technical projects relevant to the Wikimedia movement when such projects are incompatible with Wikimedia Foundation production hosting.
  2. Develop and maintain services and platforms that empower the creation, operation, and maintenance of custom technical solutions to problems of the Wikimedia movement.
  3. Provide public, simple access to content and data produced by the Wikimedia projects to empower new technological and social solutions to problems of the Wikimedia movement.
  4. Provide technical support, documentation, and community support to foster growth and productivity of the community of users of the WMCS products.
Our audiences
Wikimedia Cloud Services caters to various audiences, ranging from contributors with limited technical experience to professional software engineers.
Projects
Goals
2022-23
2021-22
2020-21 Q2
2020-21 Q1
2019-20 Q4
2019-20 Q3
2019-20 Q2
2019-20 Q1
2018-19 Q4
2018-19 Q3
2018-19 Q2
2018-19 Q1
2017-18 Q4
2017-18 Q3
2017-18 Q2
2017-18 Q1
2016-17 Q4
Also see the corresponding quarterly columns on the Phabricator team workboards.
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Last edited on 22 July 2022, at 15:47
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