What Rancher adds to Kubernetes

Kubernetes is a powerful engine for orchestrating containers. Rancher includes a full Kubernetes distribution, but adds value around Kubernetes in three key areas: Cluster Operations and Management, Intuitive Workload Management, and Enterprise Support.

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Multi-Cluster Operations and Workload Management

Rancher introduces a centralized control plane that unifies management of every Kubernetes cluster running across your organization. Rancher solves operations challenges, such as cluster provisioning, upgrades, user management, and policy management.

  • Install and manage Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure.
  • Provision and manage GKE, AKS, and EKS clusters
  • Centralized Security Policy Management
  • Authentication with Active Directory, LDAP and SAML Integration
  • Monitoring, backups, capacity management and alerts

cloud_download Install and manage Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure.

Rancher automates deploying and upgrading Kubernetes on any infrastructure, including bare metal servers, VMware, or any IaaS cloud.

Rancher automatically deploys and configures Kubernetes components, such as etcd, and monitors the cluster health.

graphic_eq Provision and manage GKE, AKS, and EKS clusters

Rancher works with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure to make it simple to provision managed Kubernetes services.

Admins can centrally configure policy on these clusters. For users, every Kubernetes cluster behaves the same and has access to all of Rancher’s integrated workload management capabilities.

gamepad Centralized Security Policy Management

Rancher allows admins to define Kubernetes access control, network and pod security policies centrally and apply them across any cluster.

With centralized policy administration, organizations can ensure compliance and reduce the overhead on individual teams as they adopt Kubernetes.

lock_open Authentication with Active Directory, LDAP and SAML Integration

Rancher integrates with Active Directory, LDAP or any SAML-based authentication service to enforce access control policies for individual users or groups.

Admins can enable self-service by delegating administration of Kubernetes clusters or projects and namespaces directly to individual users or groups.

linear_scale Monitoring, backups, capacity management and alerts

Rancher performs health checks on all Kubernetes clusters, and presents resource consumption statistics for each Kubernetes cluster, from the nodes to the Pods and applications. Built for multi-tenant clusters, Rancher Advanced Monitoring gives application owners insight into the resources they own.

Rancher sends cluster-level alerts for Kubernetes system components (e.g., etcd, DNS, etc.) and allows users to configure resource alerts such as CPU, memory and disk consumption.

Rancher Cluster BDR takes scheduled and ad hoc snapshots of the data plane and writes them out to local storage or any S3-compatible object store.

Complete Workload Management for DevOps

Kubernetes contains powerful functionality for orchestrating applications and guaranteeing service availability. Rancher adds a complete UI and workload management layer to Kubernetes, that simplifies adoption and integrates CI/CD as well as key open-source projects such as Prometheus and FluentD.

  • Complete UI for Workload Management
  • User Projects Spanning Multiple Namespaces
  • Public and Private Application Catalogs
  • Integrated Prometheus Monitoring and Alerting
  • Integrated CI/CD Pipelines

settings Complete UI for Workload Management

Rancher includes an intuitive UI that makes it easy for users to deploy services on Kubernetes and get visibility into everything running on a cluster.

Users are presented with common configuration options directly from the UI for defining scheduling rules, health checks, ingress controllers, secrets, storage and other key configuration choices.

view_carousel User Projects Spanning Multiple Namespaces

Rancher Projects make it easy to allocate multiple Kubernetes namespaces within the same cluster to a user or team.

Users can then quickly define access control policies, secrets and other configuration items that span multiple name spaces.

vpn_key Public and Private Application Catalogs

Rancher includes global and private application catalogs that work across Kubernetes clusters and support both Helm and Docker Compose templates.

Teams can use catalogs to template deployments, define configuration choices, and notify users of available upgrades.

add_alert Integrated Prometheus Monitoring & Alerting

Rancher automatically deploys and configures Prometheus to monitor the health of Kubernetes clusters as well as workloads.

Users can configure alerts based on a wide variety of triggers such as pod warnings, node capacity, or etcd health. Triggers can alert by email, Slack, Pagerduty, or any webhook.

all_inclusive Integrated CI/CD Pipelines

Rancher includes integrated CI/CD, making it easy for teams using Kubernetes to quickly integrate it with their development, testing and release management process.

Users can easily point Rancher at any Git repository, and Rancher will automatically run builds on Kubernetes, deploy test environments, and move product.

Enterprise Support

Quickly adopt open source Kubernetes while complying with corporate security and availability standards. Enterprise-grade support provides the confidence you need to to deploy Kubernetes and containers in production at any scale. Rancher’s tightly defined SLAs ensure you get the help you need from Rancher Labs experts, when you need it.

  • 100% Open Source
  • No Vendor Lock-In
  • 24/7 Support

code 100% Open Source

All of our products are 100% open source and free to use. We deploy upstream, open source Kubernetes, so the features in each Kubernetes release will always be available for our users. Rancher shapes Kubernetes into an enterprise offering by putting security first and making it easy for businesses to control and interact with all of their clusters from a single interface.

lock_open No Vendor Lock-In

Rancher remains agnostic about which provider to use. We give you the freedom to quickly deploy Kubernetes anywhere, with the configuration that you want. We abstract vendor differences so that you can interact with each cluster in the same way. We make it possible for you to run multiple clusters, and if you ever decide to stop using Rancher, we provide a clean uninstall process that leaves you able to manage each cluster independently, as if we were never there.

headset_mic 24/7 Support

Open source is not just a great way to engage developers and solicit code contributions, but it's also a great way to build a user community. For those who wish to go beyond community support, we offer 24/7 worldwide support for the Docker Engine, all of Kubernetes, and all of Rancher's components. Engaging with Rancher Labs for support of your environment makes us part of your team, committed to your success.

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