This is Rancher

Rancher has quickly become the #1 choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production. It’s the only product that can manage all Kubernetes clusters on all clouds and implemented by any distros.

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How It All Started

In 2014, containers were quickly becoming the de-facto large-scale production platform for application deployment. In founding Rancher Labs, the initial goal was to provide organizations with the tools needed to take full advantage of container technology and provide the best possible experience for running Docker in production. Fast-forward to present day, the ecosystem changed and so did we. We are more confident than ever that containers and Kubernetes will enable a new era of application portability. Rancher is a major step forward in open source container management, accelerating the adoption of Kubernetes for organizations globally.

Our Leadership Team

Sheng Liang

Co-founder and CEO

Prior to starting Rancher, Sheng was CTO of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix Systems after their acquisition of, where he was co-founder and CEO. Sheng has more than 15 years of experience building innovative technology. He was a co-founder at Teros, which was acquired by Citrix in 2005 and led large engineering teams at SEVEN Networks, and Openwave Systems. Sheng started his career as a Staff Engineer in Java Software at Sun Microsystems, where he designed the Java Native Interface (JNI) and led the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) development for the Java 2 platform. Sheng has a B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Shannon Williams

Co-founder and Vice President of Sales

Prior to starting Rancher, Shannon was Vice President of Market Development at Citrix Systems, after the company acquired, where he led worldwide sales. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing emerging technology and has held management positions at technology companies such as Solidcore Systems (acquired by McAfee), Teros (acquired by Citrix) and Securant Technologies (acquired by RSA). Shannon is a graduate of Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Darren Shepherd

Co-founder and Chief Architect

Prior to Rancher, Darren was Sr. Principal Engineer at Citrix where he worked on CloudStack, OpenStack, Docker and building the next generation of infrastructure orchestration technology. Prior to joining Citrix, Darren worked at GoDaddy, where he designed and lead a team that implemented both public and private IaaS clouds. Darren has been writing software since he got his first 286 when he was 10, and is happiest when he’s stuffed in a closet banging away in anything but Java. Darren specializes in building systems to reliably control completely unreliable systems. Darren has a B.S. from California State University, Northridge.

Will Chan

Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering

Prior to Rancher, Will was Director of Engineering for the CloudPlatforms group at Citrix System after their acquisition of, where he held a similar position and was one of the original founding engineers. Will has over 15 years of experience of building massively scalable software for large enterprises and telcos and has held lead engineering positions at SEVEN Networks, Openwave Systems, and Cambridge Technology Partners. Will has a B.S (EECS) from the University of California, Berkeley.

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