Hello everyone, 

Starting in April 2017, we will be taking a number of projects related to 
services we are offering "in the cloud" and creating a new team, Wikimedia 
Cloud Services (WMCS), to support a more unified approach to these efforts. The 
sub-teams currently managing these efforts - the Labs sub-team within the 
Wikimedia Technical Operations team and the Tool Labs support sub-team from the 
Community Tech team - will be merged to form this new team.

Wikimedia Cloud Services will be a new team in the Technology Department of the 
Wikimedia Foundation reporting to Victoria  as the Foundation's Chief 
Technology Officer (CTO). This team is being formed based on a proposal made by 
the members of the Labs sub-team and the Tool Labs support sub-team.

The new team will be managed by Bryan Davis, who previously managed the Reading 
Infrastructure and Community Tech teams before helping found the Tool Labs 
support team in 2016. Chase Pettet, formerly manager of the Labs team, is 
taking on the new role of Lead Operations Engineer. Andrew Bogott, Yuvaraj 
Pandian, and Madhumitha Viswanathan are transferring in their existing roles 
from the former Labs team.

The WMCS team will maintain and extend the existing Wikimedia Labs 
infrastructure as a service platform, the Tool Labs platform as a service  
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platform_as_a_service> project, and many 
additional supporting technologies used in the cloud environment. The new team 
is excited to continue supporting developers who create innovative solutions to 
further the free knowledge movement, and will continue to partner with the 
larger Wikimedia volunteer community to manage the physical and virtual 
resources that power the environment and provide technical support to volunteer 
developers and other Wikimedia Cloud Services users.

This new team will focus on three areas of ongoing support and improvement:

Providing a stable and efficient hosting platform
Creating and maintaining services that empower the creation and operation of 
Delivering technical and community support for users of the products

This new team will soon begin working on rebranding efforts intended to reduce 
confusion about the products they maintain.   
<https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Labs_labs_labs> This refocus and 
re-branding will take time to execute, but the team is looking forward to the 

Stay tuned for more announcements, and as always Community members are 
encouraged to participate on lab...@lists.wikimedia.org,  
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/profile/832/>Phabricator  and the 
#wikimedia-labs IRC channel.

Thank you,

Victoria & Wes

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