Continental Innovates with Rancher and Kubernetes
CUPERTINO, Calif. - February 26, 2019 -Rancher Labs, a leading provider of container management software, today announced K3s, a lightweight Kubernetes distribution designed for developers and operators looking for a way to run Kubernetes in resource-constrained environments. Rancher Labs launched the project to address the increasing demand for small, easy to manage Kubernetes clusters running on x86, Arm®v7-A and 64-bit Armv8-A processors in edge computing environments.
"Existing Kubernetes distributions are often memory intensive and overly complex for edge computing environments," said Sheng Liang, CEO and co-founder of Rancher Labs. "In the last year we've worked with dozens of teams who see Kubernetes as an ideal platform for managing edge infrastructure but have been reluctant to commit a large portion of resources in their edge devices to run a full-fledged Kubernetes platform. With K3s, we can provide these teams with a distribution of Kubernetes that requires less than 512 MB of RAM, and is ideally suited for edge use cases. We see significant demand for K3s among organizations in the retail, finance, telco, utility and manufacturing sectors."
To reduce the memory required to run Kubernetes, the engineering team at Rancher Labs developing K3s focused on four primary changes:
As Kubernetes pushes out to the edge, the number of Kubernetes clusters a team is operating is increasing rapidly. In many of the most interesting edge use cases, organizations will run thousands of one, two or three node Kubernetes clusters. To support the operators who will be responsible for managing that scale of infrastructure, K3s was designed to maximize the simplicity of installation and operations.
Key features include:
Rancher Labs is simultaneously releasing K3s with support for x86_64, Armv8-A and Armv7-A architectures, making it flexible enough to work across any edge infrastructure. In addition to edge use cases, Rancher anticipates K3s will appeal to any users looking for a simple way to deploy lightweight distribution of Kubernetes. During early previews, many users found it especially useful for CI/CD environments, embedded systems and local Kubernetes deployments.
"With more than 30,000 wind turbines in production, we are excited to see the creation of K3s, which can potentially allow us to deploy Kubernetes clusters on thousands of edge locations," said Wei Zhang, VP of technology at Goldwind Smart Energy, the world's second largest wind turbine manufacturer.
Developers who are interested in downloading, installing and playing with this new lightweight Kubernetes distribution should visit https://k3s.io or follow the project on https://github.com/rancher/k3s
Enterprises who need assistance in deploying and managing K3s can contact email@example.com.
"Arm's commitment to enabling partner innovation is critical as we work to build the next-generation cloud to edge infrastructure. Our ongoing collaboration with Rancher, a leader in Kubernetes innovation, underscores the progress of the cloud native container ecosystem in supporting cloud data center and edge use cases based on Arm Neoverse™ platforms."
Kevin Ryan, Senior Director of Software Ecosystem Development, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm
"Kubernetes is not only the de-facto control plane for centralized cloud workloads, but increasingly a range of applications in wildly diverse environments. Rancher's K3s project addresses one of the main challenges to extending the benefits of Kubernetes to the edge by stripping down the resource footprint, while providing the same production-grade experience. Kudos to the Rancher team for leading cloud native's 'go anywhere' charge!"
Zac Smith, CEO at Packet
"We've seen rapidly increasing demand from businesses seeking to deploy distributed, Kubernetes-based applications to the edge. The launch of Rancher Labs' K3s, supported on Hivecell hardware, will enable production workloads in unattended, resource-constrained, remote IoT environments. Our team at Ricker Lyman Robotic is excited to collaborate with Rancher Labs on the release of the K3s project!"
Jeffrey Ricker, CEO, Ricker Lyman Robotic
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.
Eleni Laughlin, Mindshare PR