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We're in the final selection phase for which facility will house our new Primary Data Center in the Ashburn, Virginia area.

Feature justification[edit]

Currently, all data and primary services of the Wikimedia Foundation are hosted in a single datacenter in Tampa, Florida. The projects and organisation are in a vulnerable position that way, as any natural disaster can strike this site and cause a major impact to the availability of the projects.

To resolve this situation, the Wikimedia Foundation will set up a second data center capable of serving all projects and services. This data center will be located in Virginia on the US east coast in a first class colocation facility. We will then be able to maintain all data and infrastructure in a redundant fashion, such that either data center can go down while only minimally impacting services.

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Software design document[edit]

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Initial schedule[edit]

  • June - September 2010: Colocation facility research and selection
  • October 2010: Sign colocation facility lease, order equipment, start buildout of infrastructure
  • November - December 2010: Installation of equipment


The data center cage build is almost complete, and almost all hardware has been ordered. We are on track for starting our build out in February.

Update June 2011 PerWMFBlog:2011/06/03/wikimedia-engineering-may-2011-report/- "Status: Unfortunately, the delivery of our connectivity has been incurring additional delays, which has prevented us from bringing services in the new data center live. The latest estimation for delivery is June 10, after which we should be able to deploy some services running actively from the new location." Sumanah 14:46, 9 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]

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