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Wikimedia Cloud Services team

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The Wikimedia Cloud Services team (WMCS) is 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.


Social Norms

Our Team Social Norms are a collaboratively written set of guidelines that we want to follow as a team.

Enhancement Proposals

There is rarely a shortage of ideas in the Cloud Services community. If you are not a member of the Cloud Services team, you can still propose new services and ideas! Please follow this process to create a new proposal.

Decision Making

For proposals related to WMCS team internal procedures, we have defined a separate Decision Making process.


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.


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.


  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.

Things we maintain


Also see the corresponding quarterly columns on the Phabricator team workboards.


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