Rancher and Arm Partner to Deliver a Kubernetes-based Platform for IoT and Edge Computing Deployments

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Rancher and Arm offer a complete computing platform spanning data center, IoT and edge nodes

SEATTLE (KubeCon booth P9) – December 11, 2018 – Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, today announced a partnership with Arm to meet the needs of Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing deployments. As a result of the partnership, Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE) and RancherOS have been ported to Arm. Rancher Server is now enhanced to manage both x86 clusters running in the data center and Arm clusters running on edge nodes, providing the only solution that can manage Kubernetes clusters running on both Arm and x86. Rancher users will now have an end-to-end solution for running Kubernetes in the enterprise, no matter which architecture they choose to use. Additionally, Rancher and Arm will partner to deliver the Kubernetes-based solution for Smart City projects in China.

“Arm Neoverse-based servers offer exceptional benefits for scale out computing to support the demanding needs of a trillion connected devices,” said Kevin Ryan, senior director of software ecosystem solutions, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “Adding support for Arm to Rancher Kubernetes enables thousands of organizations with the power of the Neoverse ecosystem from the cloud to the edge.”

Offering Customers Flexible Architecture for IoT, Edge and Smart Cities

Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE) is a lightweight installer for Kubernetes that packages all Kubernetes components in Docker containers. Installing Kubernetes this way removes the dependencies that standard installers have on the underlying infrastructure and makes installing and upgrading a cluster fast, easy, and safe.

Rancher and Arm have partnered to create a Kubernetes-based computing platform for IoT and edge nodes. Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE) and RancherOS have been ported to Arm. All edge nodes within the same campus location form an Arm Kubernetes cluster. Standard x86 Kubernetes clusters running in central data centers are used to process and analyze large amount of data collected from edge nodes. A single Rancher Server is used to manage all x86 and Arm Kubernetes clusters.

The flexibility will continue as users look beyond deployment to cluster management. All of the Rancher features, such as its intuitive UI, centralized authentication and the ease with which users can deploy and manage Kubernetes workloads, will work with clusters running on both Arm and x86.

“This is a game changer. The partnership with Arm will allow our customers to deploy Kubernetes for IoT and edge nodes,” said Shannon Williams, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing at Rancher Labs. “With Rancher as a common management plane, Kubernetes truly powers all workloads from the data center to the edge.”

Product Availability

The Rancher Kubernetes-based platform for IoT and edge nodes, which includes an Arm port of Rancher 2.1, introduced in October 2018, and RancherOS 1.5, will be generally available early 2019. Customers and partners interested in engaging in opportunities should email info@rancher.com.

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About Rancher Labs

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, visit www.rancher.com.

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