Ashburn

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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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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From duct tape to puppets: How a new data center became an opportunity to do things right

Last week, the Wikimedia Foundation flipped a historic switch: we transitioned our main technical services to a shiny new data center in Ashburn, Virginia. For the first time since 2004, Wikimedia sites are no longer primarily hosted in Tampa, Florida. To help understand this grueling journey (and why it’s crucial),…

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Wikimedia sites to move to primary data center in Ashburn, Virginia

(Update on January 22nd, 2013, 20:00 (UTC): Our Operations team considers the migration to be over. Major disruption is no longer expected.) Next week, the Wikimedia Foundation will transition its main technical operations to a new data center in Ashburn, Virginia, USA. This is intended to improve the technical performance and…

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