Continental Innovates with Rancher and Kubernetes
New release introduces multi-cluster management, centralized policy management, and support for cloud-hosted Kubernetes services
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (KubeCon Europe 2018, booth P-E02) – May 2, 2018 – Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, today announced the general availability of Rancher 2.0, an open source Kubernetes management platform that allows organizations to deliver Kubernetes-as-a-Service to their employees and centrally manage all of their Kubernetes clusters, regardless of how the cluster was deployed, or where it is running. Rancher 2.0 is the first platform to manage hosted Kubernetes services from Google (GKE), Amazon (EKS) and Azure (AKS), enforcing consistent security policies, and providing an intuitive user experience across any cluster. With Rancher 2.0, organizations can accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes and deploy applications consistently on any infrastructure.
“Rancher 2.0 is a major step forward in open source container management,” said Steve Hendrick, Research Director at EMA. “For those enterprises looking for a complete container management solution for hybrid environments, Rancher 2.0 is an ideal choice.”
Rancher 2.0 is built for organizations that are embracing containers, microservices and Kubernetes to accelerate development, improve application reliability and reduce infrastructure costs. The platform consists of three core components:
“Working with Rancher, we’ve been able to migrate a massive implementation of VMs to containers, saving money and improving the service we deliver,” said Leon Katsnelson, director & CTO, Strategic Partnerships IBM Digital Business Group. “Rancher 2.0 is a major step forward, and will simplify our adoption of Kubernetes over the next year.”
In addition, the new platform manages application catalogs and allows users to access community contributed Helm charts, as well as Rancher-certified templates. Organizations can even import and manage private application catalogs and share them with specified users.
Rancher 2.0 is open source software and freely available to anyone. For organizations looking for enterprise-grade support, Rancher Labs offers world-class support for the entire container stack, including the container engine, Kubernetes distribution and Rancher platform, giving organizations the confidence to deploy Kubernetes and Rancher in production, at any scale. Tightly defined SLAs and around the clock support options ensure users get the help needed from Rancher Labs experts.
With over more than 5,000 organizations using Rancher and 160 customers, including Dish Network, NTT Communications, USDA, NHS, IBM, Interoute and Cetera, and $30 million in funding, Rancher has quickly become the de facto choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production. In the past year, Rancher Labs has expanded rapidly, with more than 80 employees and offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, London, Sydney, Amsterdam, New York and Shanghai.
“When we started development on Rancher 2.0, we set out to build a single platform that would manage Kubernetes everywhere, whether we deployed it or not,” said Sheng Liang, CEO and co-founder of Rancher Labs. “We are more confident than ever that containers and Kubernetes will enable a new era of application portability, and strongly believe Rancher 2.0 will accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes in many organizations.”
For additional information on Rancher 2.0, and to learn more about Rancher Labs and the company’s suite of open source products, please visit rancher.com.
Rancher 2.0 web page
Rancher Labs builds innovative, open source software for enterprises leveraging containers and Kubernetes to accelerate software development and improve IT operations. The flagship Rancher container management platform allows users to easily manage all aspects of running Kubernetes in production, on any infrastructure. RancherOS is a simplified Linux distribution built from containers for running containers. For additional information, please visit rancher.com.