Earlier today we announced our selection of Watchmouse website monitoring to assist both the Foundation and anyone around the world in keeping an eye on our server uptime and status. With Watchmouse’s help, the Foundation now has a public status page, which is maintained offsite on servers independent from Wikimedia, that reports our uptime and accessibility levels from over 50 locations around the world. The service breaks out each of the primary server systems of the Foundation, because it definitely takes more than one computer to keep us up and running.
This is the first time Wikimedia has offered a publicly visible, externally hosted website monitoring service. Uptime is of course critical for reaching all of Wikimedia’s users, but also for ensuring that our wikis are open and editable to everyone, all the time.
With a rapidly growing, and global, audience of hundreds of millions of readers and contributors, Wikimedia’s properties have become an integral part of how the world accesses and shares knowledge. This new service is particularly important as the Foundation establishes its permanent data center infrastructure, and looks beyond the US and Europe to establish more data centers (more regular updates from our engineering team can be found on the Wikimedia tech blog). Publicly sharing where downtime (and uptime, of course) is being experienced also helps us maintain our mission focus on transparency and accessibility.
Thanks for joining us as mission supporters, Watchmouse!
Jay Walsh, Communications