Users have submitted thousands of issues to help us improve Rancher these last 18 months. This morning, we announced that Rancher Labs has raised \$20 million in series B funding to accelerate our growth in response to the incredible Rancher adoption we’ve seen over the last year. It is an exciting day for our entire team, as it validates so much hard work, and gives us an opportunity to continue the work we are so passionate about. We’re thrilled to have continued support from our existing investors, Mayfield Fund and Nexus Ventures, as well as a new investor, GRC SinoGreen.
When we started working on Rancher in 2014, we talked to many friends and former colleagues about our idea for a complete platform that would make it possible to easily deploy applications on any computing infrastructure. Those first conversations quickly turned into hundreds of alpha users and eventually thousands of beta users. Throughout this process, we have been lucky to receive thoughtful insights from so many people. Sometimes it was a feature suggestion, other times it was a complaint, but always it impacted our design and helped us build a product thousands of teams are using to manage their containers. Thank you all for your participation in this project! Without your ideas and willingness to share we never would have made it this far.
Watch our March Online meetup, where we demonstrated Rancher 1.0. With this new funding, we’ll be expanding our core development team as you might imagine, but we will also be using it to rapidly grow our field engineering team. Rancher Field Engineers are a team of DevOps experts who live all over the world and help users accelerate their use of containers. They work on integrating Rancher with other tools, writing tutorials, designing features, supporting community developers, speaking at meetups and troubleshooting issues on the forums. If you love working with Rancher and are interested in joining our team, we’d love to talk with you. Please visit our careers page, and tell us how you use Rancher, and why you would like to join our team. In the next few months we’ll continue to rush forward with Rancher, always working to adjust the project to meet new requirements as they arise. We’ll continue expanding on our support of Kubernetesand Docker Swarm, and developing new infrastructure capabilities that will make it even easier to deploy and manage applications. Thank you to all of you who have deployed our software, shared it with a friend, answered a question in the community or posted an issue on GitHub. Without all of you, we never would have reached this milestone. If you haven’t already, give Rancher a try, and let us know how we can make it better. Open source communities depend on the participation of so many people, and we invite anyone interested to get involved and help make this platform great! Join us for our next online meetup to learn more about our Rancher community, and see how it can help your team. Shannon Williams Co-Founder, Rancher Labs