How to Get Started with Rancher’s New Multi-Tenant Prometheus Support and Alpha Release Process

I recently started at Rancher Labs as the Head of Product Management. I have been in the DevOps space since my time at VMware when we built Cloud Foundry back in 2011. But it wasn’t until 2014, that I started to look at Containers seriously. When Kubernetes launched the next year, it was clear that the enterprises need an easier way to deploy containers in their internal environments. I launched Qubeship. Read More…

Ankur Agarwal
Ankur Agarwal
event December 12, 2018
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Bootstrapping Rancher 2.0

It’s finally here: the Rancher you’ve all been waiting for. Rancher 2.0 is now in preview mode and available to deploy! Rancher 2.0 brings us a whole new Kubernetes-based structure, with new features like platform-wide multi-select, adoption of existing Kubernetes clusters, and much, much more. If you’re looking to dive in with Rancher 2.0, you’ve come to the right place. Assumptions You have a Linux host with at least 4 GB of RAM. Read More…

event October 3, 2017
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Deploying an Elasticsearch Cluster using Rancher Catalog

Elasticsearch is a Lucene-based search engine developed by the open-source vendor, elastic. With principal features like scalability, resiliency, and top-notch performance, it has overtaken Apache Solr, one of its closest competitors. Nowadays, Elasticsearch is almost everywhere where a search engine is involved: it’s the E of the well-known ELK stack, which makes it straightforward for your project to process analytics (the L stands for Logstash which is used to process data like logs, streams, metrics; K stands for Kibana, a data visualization platform – projects also managed by elastic). Read More…

event June 9, 2016
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Docker based build pipelines (Part 3) - Managing Production Environments

So far in this series of articles we have looked at creating continuous integration pipelines using Jenkins and continuously deployingto integration environments. We also looked at using Rancher compose to run deployments as well as Route53 integration to do basic DNS management. Today we will cover production deployments strategies and also circle back to DNS management to cover how we can run multi-region and/or multi-data-center deployments with automatic fail-over. We also look at some rudimentary auto-scaling so that we can automatically respond to request surges and scale back when request rate drops again. Read More…

event February 1, 2016
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Building a MongoDB Catalog Item for Rancher

[Recently Rancher introduced the Rancher catalog, an awesome feature that enables Rancher users to one-click deploy common applications and complex services from catalog templates on your infrastructure, and Rancher will take care of creating and orchestrating the Docker containers for you.] Rancher catalog offers a wide variety of applications in its out of the box catalog, including glusterfs or elasticsearch, as well as supporting private catalogs. Today I am going to introduce a new catalog template I developed for deploying a MongoDB replicaset, and show you how I built it. Read More…

event January 26, 2016
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Docker-based build pipelines (Part 1) - Continuous Integration and Testing

Over the last year we have written about getting several application stacks running on top of docker, e.g. Magento, Jenkins, Prometheusand so forth. However, containerized deployment can be useful for more than just defining application stacks. In this series of articles we would like to cover an end-to-end development pipeline and discuss how to leverage Docker and Rancher in its’ various stages. Specifically, we’re going to cover; building code, running tests, packaging artifacts, continuous integration and deployment, as well as managing an application stack in production. Read More…

event January 6, 2016
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How Rancher Storage Services Unleash the Power of Software-Defined Storage

Today, our team at Rancher announced an exciting new feature called Persistent Storage Services. Persistent storage support builds on the work we’ve done with Rancher Convoy, and makes it dramatically easier to run stateful applications in production using Rancher. The Docker volume plugins, introduced in Docker 1.8 and further enhanced in Docker 1.9, enables developers to utilize a variety of persistent storage implementations as standard Docker volumes. Our new Persistent Storage Services capability complements Docker volume plugins by providing a backend implementation of a Docker volume plugin, and is the core storage technology in our recently announced hyper-converged infrastructure stack for Docker. Read More…

event November 11, 2015
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Introducing Rancher Service Discovery integration with Amazon Route53

Hello, I’m Alena Prokharchyk, one of the developers here at Rancher. In my previous blog posts, I’ve covered various aspects of Service Discovery, a feature we use to discover and interconnect services of user applications deployed in Rancher. This discovery is done by services registering themselves dynamically to Rancher’s internal DNS so that other services in the system can discover them by fully qualified domain name (FQDN). Service Discovery can also be registered to Rancher’s Load Balancer (LB) service which allows it to balance traffic between all of a services’ containers. Read More…

Alena Prokharchyk
Alena Prokharchyk
event November 6, 2015
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Using Ansible with Docker to Deploy a Wordpress Service on Rancher

[Over the last year I’ve been using Rancher with Ansible, and have found that using the two together can be incredibly useful. If you aren’t familiar with Ansible, it is a powerful configuration management tool which can be used to manage servers remotely without a daemon or agent running on the host. Instead, it uses SSH to connect with hosts, and applies tasks directly on the machines. Because of this, as long as you have SSH access to the host, (and Python) running on the host, you will be able to use Ansible to manage hosts remotely. Read More…

event November 3, 2015
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Adding Linux Dash As A System Service

Last week Ivan Mikushin discussed adding system services to RancherOS using Docker Compose. Today I want to show you an exmaple of how to deploy Linux Dash as a system service. Linux Dash is a simple, low overhead, and web supported monitoring tool for Linux, you can read more about Linux Dash here. In this post i will add Linux Dash as a system service to RancherOS version 0.3.0 which allows users to add system services using rancherctl command. Read More…

event October 14, 2015
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