The Wikimedia Foundation’s Technical Operations team is seeking proposals on the provisioning of a new datacenter facility.

After working through the specifics internally, we now have a public RFP posted and ready for proposals. We invite any organization meeting the requirements outlined to submit a proposal for review. Most of the relevant details are in the document itself, but feel free to reach out to myself or anyone on the Technical Operations team should anyone have any questions.

Please, feel free to forward this link far and wide; have colleagues, contacts or friends in the datacenter sector? Then please, forward it on! :)

Below are the primary requirements, excerpted from the RFP:

Primary Requirements

  • The data center location must be in the midwestern/western continental US (i.e., Chicago westward).
  • The capacity for at least 32 enclosures initially; expansion possibilities (first right of refusal in contract on adjacent or nearby cage area) for another row of 8.
  • We will utilize enclosures that are 1050 mm deep, and request pricing for (footprint for) enclosures both 600 mm and 800 mm wide.
  • The capability for redundant 30A * 3 Phase 208V circuits in each enclosure, with a usable power density of 8.6kW per enclosure.
  • Additionally, redundant cooling is required, with a maintained inlet / cold aisle temperature of 65-80F, and 40-60% relative humidity.
  • Secure cage(s) are preferred, versus shared row access. Enclosures, if provided, must be lockable, and only WMF employees or direct employees of the data center provider should have access.
  • The site should have power redundancy systems that are adequate and well maintained at a minimum of N+1.
  • We seek a contract with the direct maintainer of the data center to avoid future complication. No resellers.
  • We request an equipment storage area: We will require on hand spare hardware, and a location to store this equipment. A minimum storage area of 5 cubic feet is required.
  • We require a significant number of diverse carriers available within the center.
  • We require the data center to be “carrier neutral” and able to provide equal access to all carriers without preferential treatment.
  • For remote work, we require 24/7 availability of onsite smart hands via data center staff.
  • Additionally, 24/7 on-site security is also required.
  • For access, we require 24/7 unescorted facility and cage access for WMF staff and pre-approved third parties.
  • We ask that you maintain a functional, well-designed portal for ordering/provisioning and ticket requests.
  • The environmental impact of the facility (cooling efficiency, reclaimed water, etc) will be an important consideration for final site selection.

For more information, see the full RFP. This RFP is currently expected to be open until November 8.

Ken Snider, Director of Technical Operations, Wikimedia Foundation