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This page documents the naming conventions of servers, routers, data center sites, and other infrastructure relevant to Wikimedia Foundation clusters.

Our servers currently fall in broadly two categories:

Name re-use

We never re-use names of past servers for new servers. For example, after db1001 is decommissioned, no other server will be named db1001.

The notable exception is networking gear, which are deterministically specified by rack. For example the access switch in Eqiad rack A8 is named asw-a8-eqiad. If it is replaced, the new switch will take the same name.

All previous servers are kept (even if decommissioned) in Racktables. Please check there for existing server names before deciding on a name for any new servers. (Note: Racktables is restricted by login.)

Datacenter sites

Clusters are named as vendor initials (at time of lease signing) followed by the IATA code for a nearby major airport.

For example: Our Dallas site is named CODFW. The vendor is CyrusOne, and DFW being the large nearby airport. (Technically, Love Field airport is closer but less well-known.)

Cluster Vendor Airport Code
codfw CyrusOne DFW
eqdfw Equinix DFW
eqiad Equinix IAD
eqord Equinix ORD
eqsin Equinix SIN
esams EvoSwitch AMS
knams Kennisnet AMS
ulsfo United Layer SFO


Naming for network equipment is based on role and location.

This also applies to: power distribution units, serial console servers, and other networking infrastructure.

Name prefix Role Example
asw access switch asw-a1-eqiad
cr core router cr1-eqiad
mr management router mr1-eqiad
msw management switch msw1-eqiad & msw-b2-eqiad
pfw payments fire wall pfw1-eqiad
ps1 / ps2 power strips/distribution units ps1-b3-eqiad
psw dedicated peering switch psw1-eqiad
scs serial console server scs-a8-eqiad

OpenStack deployments

[Datacenter Site][numeric identifier](optional dev suffix to indicate non-external non-customer facing deployments) - [r (if region)][letter for AZ]

  • Current Eqiad/Codfw deployments will not fully meet these standards until rebuilt: [eqiad0 (deployment), eqiad (region), nova (AZ)]
Deployment Region Availability Zone
eqiad0 eqiad0-r eqiad0-rb
eqiad1 eqiad1-r eqiad1-rb
codfw0dev codfw0dev-r codfw0dev-rb
codfw1dev codfw1dev-r codfw1dev-rb


  • Naming follows two conventions:
  • Array is attached to a single host:
  • hostname_of_host_system-arrayN
  • Example: ms2001-array1, ms2001-array2
  • all arrays get a number, even if there is only a single array.
  • Example: dataset1001-array1
  • Array is attached to multiple hosts
  • Labs uses this for labstore, each shelf connects to two different hosts. As such, the older single host naming scheme fails.
  • servicehostgroup-arrayN-site
  • Example: labstore-array1-codfw, labstore-array2-codfw


Any system that runs in a dedicated services cluster with other machines will be named after their role/service task. As a rule, we attempt to name after the service, not just the software package. Also, servers within a group are numbered based on the datacenter they are located in.

Datacenter Numeral range Example
pmtpa / sdtpa 1-999 cp7
eqiad 1000-1999 db1001
codfw 2000-2999 mw2187
esams / knams 3000-3999 cp3031
ulsfo 4000-4999 bast4001
eqsin 5000-5999 dns5001

When adding a new datacenter, make sure to update operations/puppet.git's /typos file which checks hostnames.

Name prefix Description Status
amssq esams caching server No longer used (deprecated)
amslvs esams LVS No longer used (deprecated)
analytics analytics nodes (Hadoop, Hive, Impala, and various other things) In use
auth Authentication server In use
bast bastion host In use
cloud*-dev Any cloud role + '-dev' = internal deployment (PoC, Staging, etc) In use (new)
cloudcontrol OpenStack deployment controller In use (new)
cloudelastic Cloud replication of Elastic Search In use (new)
cloudservices Misc OpenStack components (Designate) In use (new)
cloudvirt OpenStack Hypervisor (libvirtd + KVM) In use (new)
cloudstore Storage system for Cloud In use (new)
cloudnet Network gateway for tenants (Neutron l3) In use (new)
conf Configuration system host (etcd, zookeeper...) In use
cp cache proxy (Varnish) In use
dataset dataset dumps storage In use (deprecated)
db database host In use
dbproxy database proxy In use
dbstore database backup In use
druid Druid Cluster (Analytics) In use
dumpsdata dataset generation fileset serving to snapshot hosts In use
elastic elasticsearch servers In use
es external storage database In use
etcd Etcd server In use
etherpad Etherpad server In use (mistake)
eventlog Event logging host In use
fr* Fundraising servers, e.g. frdb, frlog, frpm (puppetmaster) In use
ganeti Ganeti Virtualization Cluster In use
gerrit Gerrit code review (cobalt in eqiad is currently used) In use (deprecated)
graphite Graphite server In use
install Installation server In use (rare)
kafka Kafka Brokers In use
kafkamon Kafka Monitoring (VMs) In use
knsq knams squid No longer used (deprecated)
lab labs virtual node No longer used (deprecated)
labcontrol lab controller In use (deprecated)
labnodepool labs node pool server (CI) In use (deprecated)
labmon labs monitoring server In use (deprecated)
labnet labs network In use (deprecated)
labsdb labs database In use (deprecated)
labservices labs services In use (deprecated)
labstore labs storage In use
labtest labs test hosts In use (deprecated)
labvirt labs virtualization node In use (deprecated)
logstash elasticsearch/logstash/kibana node In use
lvs lvs load balancer In use
maps-test maps test cluster In use
mc memcache server In use
ms media storage In use (deprecated)
ms-be media storage backend In use
ms-fe media storage frontend In use
mw MediaWiki node (MediaWiki PHP webservers, api, jobrunners, videoscalers) In use
mwmaint Mediawiki Maintenance Servers (formerly "terbium") In use
mwdebug mediawiki deployment testing nodes (run in ganeti) In use
mwlog mediawiki logging server In use
mx Mail relays In use
nas NAS boxes (NetApp) Unused
netmon Network Monitor (smokeping, torrus, librenms) In use
nfs NFS server Unused
notebook Jupyterhub experimental server In use
ocg offline content generator (PDF) In use
oresrdb ORES Redis systems In use
pc Parser cache database In use
pdf PDF Collections No longer used (deprecated)
phab Phabricator host (currently iridium is eqiad phab host) In use
ping Ping offload server In use
planet Planet server In use (mistake)
pybal-test PyBal testing and development In use
rbf Redis Bloom Filter server Unused
rcs Recent changes stream In use
rdb Redis server In use
relforge Discovery's Relevance Forge (see discovery/relevanceForge.git, T131184) In use
restbase RESTBase server In use
sca Service Cluster A - Includes various services In use
scb Service Cluster B - Includes various services. It's effectively the next generation of the sca cluster above In use
snapshot Data dump processing node In use
sq squid server No longer used (deprecated)
srv apache server No longer used (deprecated)
stat statistics computation hosts (see Analytics/Data access) In use
storage storage host No longer used (deprecated)
tmh MediaWiki videoscaler (TimedMediaHandler). See T105009 and T115950. No longer used (deprecated)
virt labs virtualization nodes No longer used (deprecated)
wdqs wikidata query service In use
webperf webperf metrics (performance team). See T179036. In use
wtp wiki-text processor node (parsoid) In use

Miscellaneous servers

Any one-off or single service host. This includes pretty much all non-MediaWiki software on the cluster that isn't load balanced across multiple machines. Or general task machines that can cluster (to an extent) but require opsen work to do so. The naming of these is based on location (since they tend to do more than one kind of thing or provide more than one particular service/site type).

Datacenter Site Convention Example Notes
codfw Star Names acamar Only use modern proper star names that are a single word long and contain no odd characters.

Orion constellation is reserved for fundraising (Alnilam, Alnitak, Bellatrix, Betelgeuse, Heka, Meissa, Mintaka, Nair Al Saif, Rigel, Saiph, Tabit, Thabit).

eqiad Elements helium Next atomic # assignment (incremental by atomic #): 112
esams / knams Notable Dutch vandale