Comparing Kubernetes and Docker Swarm

For teams building and deploying containerized applications using Docker, selecting the right orchestration engine can be a challenge. The decision affects not only deployment and management, but how applications are architected as well. DevOps teams need to think about details like how data is persisted, how containerized services communicate with one another, load balancing, service discovery, packaging and more. It turns out that the choice of orchestration engine is critical to all these areas. Read More…

event August 7, 2017
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Container Ecosystem Trends You Need to Know

Since Docker launched in 2013, it has brought a level of excitement and innovation to software development that’s contagious. It has rallied support from every corner—enterprises to startups, developers to IT folk, plus the open source community, ISVs, the biggest public cloud vendors, and every tool across the software stack. Since the launch of Docker, many major milestones have served to advance the container revolution. Let’s look at some of them. Read More…

event May 2, 2017
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The Case for Kubernetes

One of the first questions you are likely to come up against when deploying containers in production is the choice of orchestration framework. While it may not be the right solution for everyone, Kubernetes is a popular scheduler that enjoys strong industry support. In this short article, I’ll provide an overview of Kubernetes, explain how it is deployed with Rancher, and show some of the advantages of using Kubernetes for distributed multi-tier applications. Read More…

Gord Sissons
Gord Sissons
event April 24, 2017
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DockerCon 2017 – Thoughts and Impressions

We’ve just returned from DockerCon 2017, which was a fantastic experience. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and impressions of the event, including my perspective on some of the key announcements, while they are still fresh in my mind. New open source projects Container adoption for production environments is very real. The keynotes on both days included some exciting announcements that should further accelerate adoption in the enterprise as well as foster innovation in the open source community. Read More…

event April 21, 2017
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Beyond Kubernetes Container Orchestration

If you’re going to successfully deploy containers in production, you need more than just container orchestration Kubernetes is a valuable tool Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestrator for deploying and managing containerized applications. Building on 15 years of experience running production workloads at Google, it provides the advantages inherent to containers, while enabling DevOps teams to build container-ready environments which are customized to their needs. The Kubernetes architecture is comprised of loosely coupled components combined with a rich set of APIs, making Kubernetes well-suited for running highly distributed application architectures, including microservices, monolithic web applications and batch applications. Read More…

event March 23, 2017
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Press Release: Rancher Labs Reports Strong Momentum and Fast Growing User Base in 2016

Open source container management company exceeds revenue goals by twenty percent, reports 19 million software downloads. Cupertino, Calif. – January 25, 2017 – Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, today announced momentum in 2016, doubling its employees, exceeding revenue targets by twenty percent and surpassing 19 million software downloads. This growth underscores the heavy demand for its popular open source software that simplifies the deployment and running of containers in production, on any infrastructure. Read More…

event January 25, 2017
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Happy New Year from Rancher Labs!

As we start a new year, I’d like to thank the Rancher community for a great 2016. 2016 was an awesome year for Rancher Labs, and we’ve been fortunate to have a deeply engaged community of open source users and developers, customers, and partners. In March, [we shipped our 1.0 GA release], and since then Rancher has established itself as a leading product in the container ecosystem. 2016 was especially rewarding because of the tremendous amount of support we received from our users and customers. Read More…

event January 1, 2017
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Rancher Labs 2017 Predictions: Rapid Adoption and Innovation to Come

2017 Predictions: Rapid Adoption and Innovation to Come Rapid adoption of container orchestration frameworks As more companies use containers in production, adoption of orchestration frameworks like Kubernetes, Mesos, Cattle and Docker Swarm will increase as well. These projects have evolved quickly in terms of stability, community and partner ecosystem, and will act as necessary and enabling technologies for enterprises using containers more widely in production. Greater innovation in container infrastructure services Free eBook: Comparing Kubernetes, Mesos, and Docker Swarm Though there’s a strong set of container storage and networking solutions on the market today, more products will emerge to support the growth and scale of production container workloads, particularly as specifications like Container Network Interface (used by Kubernetes) continue to mature. Read More…

event December 27, 2016
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Hidden Dependencies with Microservices

One of the great things about microservices is that they allow engineering to decouple software development from application lifecycle. Every microservice: can be written in its own language, be it Go, Java, or Python can be contained and isolated form others can be scaled horizontally across additional nodes and instances is owned by a single team, rather than being a shared responsibility among many teams communicates with other microservices through an API a message bus must support a common service level agreement to be consumed by other microservices, and conversely, to consume other microservices These are all very cool features, and most of them help to decouple various software dependencies from each other. Read More…

event December 15, 2016
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Preview Rancher at AWS re:Invent 2016

In less than a week, over 24,000 developers, sysadmins, and engineers will arrive in Las Vegas to attend AWS re:Invent (Nov. 28 - Dec 2). If you’re headed to the conference, we look forward to seeing you there! We’ll be onsite previewing enhancements included in our upcoming Rancher v1.2 release: Support for the latest versions of Kubernetes and Docker: As we’ve previously mentioned, we’re committed to supporting multiple container orchestration frameworks, and we’re eager to show off our latest support for Docker Native Orchestration and Kubernetes. Read More…

event November 22, 2016
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