data center

  1. Wikimedia sites will go into read-only mode twice this week

    Photo by Victor Grigas, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    We are launching a new data center in Texas, and to do so we will be placing Wikimedia sites into read-only mode for two short periods on 19 and 21 April. Translations of this message are available below or on Meta.... Read more

  2. 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 our remaining hosting presence in Tampa, Florida (whic... Read more

  3. 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 they were, downtime was for better reasons. “Another thing that illustr... Read more

  4. 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), look through the eyes of Wikimedia Foundation engineer Peter Youngmeister. P... Read more

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

    Close-up on Wikimedia Foundation Servers

    (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 reliability of all Wikimedia sites, including Wikipedia. Engineering t... Read more