Operations

"Improvement in Page Load Times on Wikipedia after the ULSFO datacenter deployment (mapped with carto db)" by NRuiz (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Making Wikimedia Sites faster

Running the fifth largest website in the world brings its own set of challenges. One particularly important issue is the time it takes to render a page in your browser. Nobody likes slow websites, and we know from research that even small delays lead visitors to leave the site. An ongoing concern from both the Operations and Platform teams is to improve the reader experience by making Wikipedia and its sister projects as fast as possible. We ask ourselves questions like: Can we make Wikipedia 20% faster on half the planet?

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"Latency map world" by Drdee, under CC-BY-SA-2.5

How RIPE Atlas Helped Wikipedia Users

This post by Emile Aben is cross-posted from RIPE Labs, a blog maintained by the Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC). In addition to being the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, the RIPE NCC also operates RIPE Atlas, a global measurement…

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Wikimedia Foundation selects CyrusOne in Dallas as new data center

In October 2013, we launched a public request for proposals regarding a new data center location in the continental US for co-locating Wikimedia infrastructure. We’ve now concluded this process and selected the CyrusOne facility in Dallas/Carrollton. Wikimedia’s primary data center is in Ashburn, Virginia, and we’ve been preparing to end…

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Migrating Wikimedia Labs to a new Data Center

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce our reliance on our Tampa, Florida data center, we have just moved Wikimedia Labs to EQIAD, the new data center in Ashburn, Virginia. This migration was a multi-month project and involved hard work on the part of dozens of technical volunteers. In addition…

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Request for proposals: New datacenter in the continental US

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…

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HTTPS by default beta program

Now that we’ve enabled HTTPS by default for logged-in users, our next major objective is to enable HTTPS by default for anonymous users. We have a number of steps to take to arrive at this goal, including a couple important initial steps, such as conducting proper testing for load and…

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HTTPS enabled by default for logged-in users on Wikimedia sites

Today, August 28, the Wikimedia Foundation is making a change to the software that powers the Wikimedia projects: By default, all logged-in users will now be using HTTPS to access Wikimedia sites. What this does is encrypt the connection between the Wikimedia servers and the user’s browser so that the…

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The future of HTTPS on Wikimedia projects

The Wikimedia Foundation believes strongly in protecting the privacy of its readers and editors. Recent leaks of the NSA’s XKeyscore program have prompted our community members to push for the use of HTTPS by default for the Wikimedia projects. Thankfully, this is already a project that was being considered for…

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Wikipedia Adopts MariaDB

This past Wednesday marked a milestone in the evolution of Wikimedia’s Database infrastructure: the completion of the migration of the English and German Wikipedias, as well as Wikidata, to MariaDB 5.5. For the last several years, we’ve been operating the Facebook fork of MySQL 5.1 with most of our production…

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How the Technical Operations team stops problems in their tracks

Last week, you read about how Wikimedia Foundation’s Technical Operations team (“Ops”) spent hundreds or thousands of staff hours to refactor and automate all the services it provides, to prepare for the January data center migration. One reward from that work: our sites were not down as often, and when…

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