Illumina Innovates with Rancher and Kubernetes
[Rancher is a complete container management solution, and to be a complete platform, we’ve placed careful consideration into how we handle networking between containers on our platform. So today, we’re posting a quick example to illustrate how networking in Rancher works. While Rancher can be deployed on a single node, or scaled to thousands of nodes, in this walkthrough, we’ll use just a handful of hosts and containers.]
Setting up and Launching a Containerized Application [Our first task is to set up our infrastructure, and for this exercise, we’ll use AWS.
I’m not gonna tell you how to live your life—that’s for your doctor to do. What I am gonna tell you is how a beautifully poetic dynamic duo of DevOps delightfulness can make your next project shine brighter than the sun and give you more marketable skills. We live in a world where everything is becoming more modular. From your phone to your Keurig coffee maker to your USB type-C laptop setup, modularity allows you to do more and rearrange components of your life to best suit your needs.
The cloud vs. on-premises debate is an old one. It goes back to the days when the cloud was new and people were trying to decide whether to keep workloads in on-premises datacenters or migrate to cloud hosts. But the Docker revolution has introduced a new dimension to the debate. As more and more organizations adopt containers, they are now asking themselves whether the best place to host containers is on-premises or in the cloud.
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is one of the greatest innovations in the modern data center. I have been a big fan ever since I heard the analogy “iPhone for the data center“ from Nutanix, the company who invented hyper-converged infrastructure. In my previous roles as CEO of Cloud.com, creator of CloudStack, and CTO of Citrix’s CloudPlatform Group, I helped many organizations transform their data centers into infrastructure clouds. The biggest challenge was always how to integrate a variety of technologies from multiple vendors into a coherent and reliable cloud platform.
A few months back, we launched a new feature at Rancher aptly named Rancher Catalog and subsequently Community Catalog. This feature had been brewing in the minds of quite a few people around the office, so by the time it was placed on my plate it was highly anticipated by the team. The concept on a whole is not unfamiliar to the majority of our users: a single page through which users can search for commonly deployed applications, with sane defaults and a repeatable launch process.
One of the great benefits of the Rancher container management platform is that it runs on any infrastructure. While it’s possible to add any Linux machine as a host using our custom setup option, using one of the machine drivers in Rancher makes it especially easy to add and manage your infrastructure. Today, we’re pleased to have a new machine driver available in Rancher, from our friends at cloud.ca. cloud.ca is a regional cloud IaaS for Canadian or foreign businesses requiring that all or some of their data remain in Canada, for reasons of compliance, performance, privacy or cost.
Yesterday, Atlantis Computing announced a new converged platform for managing infrastructure and containers, which combines Rancher with their award-winning USX software-defined storage solution. This turnkey solution will make it easier for IT organizations to deliver containers as a service to their developers with enterprise-grade storage, without losing sight of the very real, bottom-line benefits that come from optimizing virtualized infrastructure. This solution will be available as a tech preview in early November.
View the Rancher 1.1.0 release notes on GitHub After a very exciting DockerCon last week where the bulk of the engineering team was able to see all the latest and greatest innovations surrounding the Docker ecosystem, our team was able to squash the remaining issues for our Rancher 1.1 stable release. If you have been following our dev builds, we have been shipping tech preview features with each release for our open source community members who want to play with the latest Rancher has to offer.
This week we released Rancher 0.12, which adds support for provisioning hosts using Docker Machine. We’re really excited to get this feature out, because it makes launching Rancher-enabled Docker hosts easier than ever. If you’re not familiar with Docker Machine, it is a project that allows cloud providers to develop standard \“drivers\” for provisioning cloud infrastructure on the fly. You can learn more about it on the Docker website. The first cloud we’re supporting with Docker Machine is Digital Ocean.
We’re excited to announce that RancherOS is now available as a first-class operating system on Packet for all instance types. Packet is a bare metal cloud that combines the speed of physical hardware with the flexibility and ease of use of virtualized infrastructure. We’ve always been fans of Packet and we make use of it internally quite often. In fact, we’ve recently decided to move our entire CI/CD pipeline over to Packet instances.
One of the more novel concepts in systems design lately has been the notion of serverless architectures. It is no doubt a bit of hyperbole as there are certainly servers involved, but it does mean we get to think about servers differently.
The potential upside of serverless Imagine a simple web based application that handles requests from HTTP clients. Instead of having some number of program runtimes waiting for a request to arrive, then invoking a function to handle them, what if we could start the runtime on-demand for each function as a needed and throw it away afterwards?
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When public clouds first began gaining popularity, it seemed that providers were quick to append the phrase “as a service” to everything imaginable, as a way of indicating that a given application, service, or infrastructure component was designed to run in the cloud.
It should therefore come as no surprise that “Containers as a Service,” or CaaS, refers to a cloud-based container environment. But there is a bit more to the CaaS story than this.