Rancher Rodeos

Learn to Deploy Containers and Kubernetes in Production

Rancher Rodeos are free, in-depth workshops designed to give DevOps and IT teams the hands-on skills they need to deploy and manage Kubernetes everywhere. These half-day workshops take place in many locations across North America and Europe. The content is delivered by technical experts at Rancher and aim to educate anyone interested in learning how to use containers or Kubernetes.

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What You'll Learn

During these hands-on workshops, one of our technical experts will provide an introduction to Rancher, Docker, and Kubernetes and then walk through the steps for deploying a Kubernetes cluster.

The key topics that will be covered at the Rancher Rodeos include:

Docker and Kubernetes Concepts/Architecture

Installation & Configuration of Rancher Server

Kubernetes Cluster Deployment

Application Deployment & Access

Who Should Attend

This is a free event, open to anyone who wants to learn about Rancher and is interested in finding out how to deploy and manage Kubernetes in production. If you’re in IT Operations, DevOps, Enterprise Architecture, Application Architecture, or InfoSec and want to learn how to use containers or Kubernetes, sign up for a Rancher Rodeo near you.


To get the most out of the Rodeo experience, attendees should have a basic working knowledge of Docker, a laptop computer, and a place to deploy machines. Attendees can use Vagrant to run machines locally if the host laptop has at least 6G of free RAM. As an alternative, attendees can launch instances in the cloud provider of their choice, as long as they have the access credentials to do so.

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Feel free to email events@rancher.com with any questions.


The Rodeos are designed to be an interactive, hands-on experience so we encourage attendees to actively participate and engage with our speakers. Detailed agenda below.

  • 30 min

    Registration (Breakfast Available)

  • 45 min

    Rancher Introduction & Marketplace Overview

  • 30 min

    Rodeo Introduction & Overview

    • Rodeo Objectives
    • Docker and Kubernetes Overview
  • 30 min

    Server Deployment

    • Machine Provisioning
    • Rancher Server Installation
    • Walkthrough of Rancher UI
  • 15 min

    Coffee Break

  • 30 min

    Kubernetes Deployment

    • Kubernetes Installation
    • Exploring the Cluster with Rancher and the CLI
    • Installing Applications from the Catalog
  • 30 min

    Q&A and Advanced Topics (if time permits)

    • Persistent Storage
    • Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana
    • Using the Rancher CLI
  • 60 min



Rancher Rodeos are currently scheduled on the dates and locations shown below. Click on the location for which you’d like to register. If your city isn't listed below, fill out this form to request that we add your city to the route!

Rodeo Speakers

Mark Abrams,
Field Engineer

Mark has worked as a full stack engineer for nearly 20 years. For the last 6 years Mark has been developing and delivering private cloud solutions for global enterprises and Fortune 100 companies, helping developers, operators, and executives with strategy, architecture, and the development of private cloud solutions. The scope of his expertise ranges from embedded systems to multi-tier architectures, enabling him to understand solutions from the highest overview to the most integral components.

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Jason van Brackel,
Director of Community

Jason is Rancher Labs' Director of Community as well as the organizer of the Kubernetes Philly meetup. With a heart for teaching, he regularly presents at code camps and other meetups. A recovering software engineer and enterprise consultant, he's worked professionally with everything from COBOL to Go.

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Kyle Rome,
Field Engineer

Since graduating from university, Kyle has worked to deliver stable enterprise applications, first as a developer and later as a system administrator and integrator. He has always worked to deliver polished solutions, and when training others, he makes sure that the information is accessible and easily understood. He has been using Kubernetes since 2016 and joined Rancher in 2018.

Raul Sanchez,
DevOps Lead

Raúl Sanchez has been active with GNU/Linux for more than 20 years. He collaborates on a number of open source projects and has spent his career helping companies innovate, explore new technologies, and run solutions reliably in production. He has extensive experience with DevOps and microservices, and he helps businesses develop the confidence and the skills to run Kubernetes and Rancher.


Jan Bruder,
Field Engineer

Building on 4 years of experience working with Linux containers, Jan Bruder has been assisting SME and large enterprise organisations in the architecture and implementation of scalable, highly available application environments based on Rancher and Kubernetes. Having a strong developer background in Go, he enjoys building custom tools and services with a focus on Kubernetes and networking. Jan has contributed to several open source software projects in the cloud native ecosystem.

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