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 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, capacity management and alerts
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Monitoring, capacity management and alerts

Rancher performs health checks on all Kubernetes clusters, and presents resource consumption statistics for each Kubernetes cluster.

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.

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

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.


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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.


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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.


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Integrated Prometheus Monitoring and 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.


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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 repo 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
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100% Open Source

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.


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No Vendor Lock-In

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.


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24/7 Support

At Rancher, we are big believers in open source. Open source is not just a great way to engage developers and solicit code contributions, it is also a great way to engage a user community. You can find an active Rancher user community on our forum, public Slack channel, GitHub, and StackOverflow