Continental Innovates with Rancher and Kubernetes
CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 24, 2019 -Rancher Labs, a leading provider of container management software, today announced k3OS, a new operating system purpose-built for its popular k3s Kubernetes distribution. Announced in February, k3s is a lightweight Kubernetes distribution designed for developers and operators looking to run Kubernetes in resource-constrained environments. With k3OS, Kubernetes cluster configuration and the underlying OS configuration are defined using the same declarative syntax as other Kubernetes resources. This enables developers and operators to install and upgrade k3s and the underlying operating system at the same time. It also allows them to benefit from modeling infrastructure-as-code for reliable, repeatable cluster deployments. This approach simplifies the administrator experience and makes k3s clusters even more secure when running in low-touch computing environments.
"While Kubernetes can be installed on any Linux distribution, separately patching and upgrading it along with the underlying operating system can be complex. A misconfiguration or security hole in system services can compromise the entire Kubernetes cluster. With k3OS, users never have to worry about unscheduled operating system upgrades, and security patches will be applied for the entire software stack in just one step," said Sheng Liang, CEO and co-founder of Rancher Labs. "As a combined Linux and Kubernetes distro, k3s running on k3OS will have the smallest attack surface and the simplest upgrade process of any Kubernetes installation."
Although k3OS works in public clouds and virtualization clusters, it is particularly useful in low-touch environments like edge computing.
"As the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world, we’ve been working with Rancher over the last year to develop the new Kubernetes distro k3s," says Wei Zhang, VP of technology at Goldwind Smart Energy. "k3OS is the next step of technology evolution that helps bring our vision of fully automated and highly secure Kubernetes clusters on thousands of edge locations world-wide."
Key features of k3OS include:
"GitLab provides a complete solution for the entire DevOps lifecycle. By working with k3OS and k3s, GitLab continues its investment in cloud native technologies, providing users the ability to control the deployment and configuration of Kubernetes and Linux with a single operational process," said Brandon Jung, VP of Alliances at GitLab. "GitLab looks forward to working with customers implementing k3OS and k3s."
Rancher Labs plans to ship a production-ready GA release later this year. In the meantime, developers who are interested in downloading, installing and playing with this new purpose-built operating system should follow the project on k3OS.io.
Enterprises who need assistance in installing, deploying and managing k3s on k3OS can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For additional information, visit www.rancher.com.