Illumina Innovates with Rancher and Kubernetes
Rancher introduces a centralized control plane that unified the
management of every Kubernetes cluster in your organization. It solves operational challenges
such as cluster provisioning, upgrades, user management, and enforcement of security policies.
First we virtualized the hardware. Then we put all the VMs into
the cloud. Then we wrapped the software in containers and used Docker to deploy them.
Soon after, we used Kubernetes to manage the complete lifecycle of a container. Each
step along the way abstracted the complexity of the layers that came before it.
Rancher treats Kubernetes as a commodity: it matters less where
the service comes from and more that it works. Kubernetes is the new Cloud, and Rancher
empowers you to make the most of every provider, every type of infrastructure, and every
cluster, all at once.
You already use Helm to safely package and deploy applications into
your cluster. With the Rancher Application Catalog, you can extend Helm charts to simultaneously
install and upgrade applications in multiple clusters.
If you’re exploring a multi-cloud or multi-provider solution, this
feature gives you flexibility while also giving you confidence that your applications stay
With Rancher, you have the tools and confidence to start using multiple
After you deploy your applications to multiple clusters, you’ll
want a seamless way to send traffic to all of those endpoints. Rancher 2.2 introduces
Global DNS for load balancing traffic across multiple clusters.
Rancher deploys Kubernetes anywhere, on bare metal, public and private
clouds, and hosted providers. It imports and manages existing clusters and wraps everything in a
uniform, stable set of procedures, accessible via an intuitive user interface and a powerful API.
Rancher provides centralized authentication, authorization, role-based
access control (RBAC) templates, and PodSecurityPolicy (PSP) templates. When you plug Rancher into
your backend authentication provider and use templates for configuration, you can deploy a complete
Kubernetes cluster with full RBAC in minutes.
Rancher includes log shipping and complete cluster metrics with
Prometheus and Grafana. It also comes with with an integrated pipeline engine for continuous
delivery and an engine for generating alerts when a cluster isn’t performing well. With complete
visibility into everything from nodes to Pods to custom metrics from your applications, cluster
management has never been easier.
Rancher acts as an authentication proxy for kubectl, so power users can
get right to work. It also exposes a powerful API for programmatic control of every Rancher
feature. Users who prefer a graphical interface will find the Rancher UI both intuitive and
friendly, giving complete access to everything needed to deploy and manage Kubernetes workloads.