Hi, I’m Craig Jellick, an engineer here at Rancher Labs, and I wanted to walk you through a new set of features that we recently added to Rancher as we prepared for beta. Internally, we call it our \“Native Docker Management\” functionality, and it is incredibly core to our mission here at Rancher. When we built Rancher, we explicitly didn’t want to wrap Docker’s APIs with a new management layer. A number of existing tools already take that approach, and while it is an effective way of building a controlled system, we really loved the experience using the Docker CLI and API, and were sure that it would just keep getting better over time.
Rancher co-founder Shannon Williams provides a quick video overview on how to get started with Rancher. Getting Started with Rancher from Rancher Labs
Meetup Screenshot: Bill Maxwell Demonstrates Sysdig monitoring his Rancher environment Yesterday we hosted an online meetup with the team from Sysdig, in which we discussed best practices for Docker monitoring, and some of the unique challenges around applying monitoring policies to containers. Over the course of the meetup, we introduced Rancher and Sysdig, and demonstrated how we’re using Sysdig here at Rancher to manage our containers. The meetup included a number of presentations, and we’ve included the agenda below along with direct links to that portion of the meetup if you’d like to jump ahead at all.
Running Drone as a Rancher Service for Dockerizing Builds On August 13th, Darren Shepherd and Shannon Williams hosted an online meetup demonstrating how our team at Rancher uses Drone.io, Docker and Rancher to build a scalable CI platform for builds and test environments. Rancher engineer Bill Maxwell gave a demonstration of how he built Rancher’s CI platform, and provided a Docker Compose file for anyone interested in deploying it themselves.
Container logging is a common challenge for container deployments. Logging with containers is a bit different than traditional logging, because the logs for each container are nested within the container. On September 16th, we hosted an online meetup discussing all aspects of container logging, and demonstrating how to build a scalable logging service for Docker and Rancher that uses Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (ELK), along with Logspout. In the meetup Rancher DevOps lead Bill Maxwell discussed: • Docker Logging Challenges • Options for gathering logs from containers • System and Application logging requirements • Deploying an ELK stack using Docker Compose with Rancher • Scaling and managing a production ELK deployment You can view a recording of the meetup below.
Thanks to Docker, Orange and Blumberg Capital for hosting a great meetup last night in San Francisco. Darren Shepherd, Chief Architect of Rancher Labs introduced RancherOS for the first time, and answered questions from the audience. Learn more about RancherOS, or download it from GitHub. If you’d like to learn more, Darren will be presenting RancherOS at an online meetup on March 31st, 2015. RancherOS Demo at Docker Meetup from Rancher Labs on Vimeo.
Hello, my name is Alena Prokharchyk and I am a part of the software development team at Rancher Labs. In this article I’m going to give an overview of a new feature I’ve been working on, which was released this week with Rancher 0.16 - a Docker Load Balancing service. One of the most frequently requested Rancher features, load balancers are used to distribute traffic between docker containers. Now Rancher users can configure, update and scale up an integrated load balancing service to meet their application needs, using either Rancher’s UI or API.
Rancher Labs Chief Architect Darren Shepherd explains how to get started with RancherOS. RancherOS: A tiny Linux distribution ideal for running Docker from Rancher Labs on Vimeo. Darren explains how to upgrade and downgrade RancherOS RancherOS 0.2 Install and Upgrade from Rancher Labs on Vimeo.
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.
During the meetup Darren Shepherd demonstrated how to deploy a complete container stack On July 15th, Darren Shepherd and Shannon Williams hosted an online meetup demonstrating how to deploy a pilot Docker Service, and teaching attendees how to implement an integrated stack that included DockerHub, GitHub, Rancher, Jenkins and Prometheus. We’ve recorded the meeting and shared it below. You can register for our next online meetup on our events page.
Over the last few months our team at Rancher Labs has been working on building software that would allow users to create and manage persistent Docker volumes. With the release of Docker 1.8, which now officially supports Docker volume drivers, we announced Convoy, an open-source Docker volume driver that can snapshot, backup and restore Docker volumes anywhere. Convoy is designed to be a standalone Docker volume driver that runs on individual Linux hosts.
Hi, I am Sheng Yang (@yasker), an engineer here at Rancher Labs. Over the last few months our team has been working on building Docker storage software that would allow users to create and manage persistent Docker volumes. With last week’s release of Docker 1.8, which now officially supports Docker volume drivers, I am excited to announce Convoy, an open-source Docker volume driver that can snapshot, backup and restore Docker volumes anywhere.
In last week’s 0.9 release we added support in Rancher for users to create new deployment environments that can be shared with colleagues. These docker environments are called projects, and are an extension of the GitHub OAuth integration we added to Rancher last month. The focus of projects is to allow teams to collaborate on Docker environments, and since our user management is connected with GitHub today, we leverage standard GitHub abstractions, such as users, teams and organizations, to support Rancher Projects.
Hi everyone, I recorded a brief overview of how to launch a Rancher 0.3 environment, connect it with some resources from a few different public clouds, and then deploy an application. If you’d like to learn more about Rancher, please visit our GitHubsite for information on joining the community, or downloading the software. You can also schedule a demo to talk with one of our engineers about the project.
When we shipped Rancher 0.12 last week we added one of the more frequently requested features, support for private Docker registries. Rancher had always allowed users to provision containers from DockerHub, but many organizations run their own registries, or use private hosted registries such as Quay.io, and private DockerHub accounts. Beginning with this release, users will be able to connect their private registry directly to their Rancher environment, and deploy containers from private Docker images.
On April 29th, Shannon Williams and Darren Shepherd hosted an online meetup to talk about deploying microservices based applications using Docker Compose and Rancher. The session included demonstrations of how to build a Docker Compose file, and how to use Rancher’s upcoming services capability to deploy, scale and manage docker environments. The first hour of the video includes overview content and the demonstrations. The rest of the recording are questions from the attendees.
On June 16th, Darren Shepherd and Shannon Williams hosted an online meetup demonstrating the Beta release of Rancher, and teaching attendees how to deploy Docker applications using Rancher. We’ve recorded the meeting and shared it below. If you would like to learn more about Rancher, please sign up for our Beta Program, or schedule a discussion with one of our engineers.
Recently, we announced RancherVM, an open source project that makes it possible to run KVM virtual machines embedded in Docker containers. Yesterday, we hosted an online meetup to demonstrate this new project and answer questions about how it works, and why you might want to use it for. We recorded that video, and have posted it here. You can download RancherVM from GitHub. If you’d like to speak to someone about how to get involved with RancherVM, please request a demonstration.
Yesterday we hosted our first Rancher online meetup, which was focused on how to get started with RancherOS. For those of you who weren’t able to attend our first online meetup on March 31st, we’ve posted a recording. The meetup ran for more than two hours, and included demos of RancherOS and Rancher, as well as dozens of questions about current capabilities and some of the features we’re still working on.