Rancher Labs Launches Rancher 2.0, the First Container Management Platform to Work with Any Kubernetes Cluster
Rancher 2.0 technical preview makes it easier to use both self-managed and cloud-managed Kubernetes clusters
Cupertino, Calif. – September 26, 2017 – Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, today announced the availability of the technical preview of Rancher 2.0. This latest release makes it possible to manage all Kubernetes clusters under a single Rancher instance. Users can stand up and manage new Kubernetes clusters using the Rancher Kubernetes distribution or import existing Kubernetes clusters, including hosted container services such as Google Container Engine.
“Rancher is a key piece of our platform strategy, enabling us to take full advantage of the benefits of both Docker and Kubernetes,” said Brad Linder, Cloud Native and Big Data Evangelist at SlingTV. “With Rancher 2.0, we are thrilled that the full Rancher experience will now extend to Kubernetes, allowing us to easily leverage all innovations, as well as the Kubernetes ecosystem, without the overhead of a full Platform Engineering organization.”
Moving from an architecture built on Docker to Kubernetes
Rancher 1.0 is currently powering more than ten thousand Docker clusters, over a thousand of which are running Kubernetes. Beginning with Rancher 2.0, every cluster will now be based on Kubernetes. This makes it even easier for users to take advantage of the power of Kubernetes, as well as its rapidly growing ecosystem. By providing a simple and intuitive user experience built on Kubernetes, Rancher 2.0 will accelerate adoption of Kubernetes within the enterprise.
“The environment in which enterprises have to operate their applications gets more complex by the day,” said Holger Muller, VP and principal analyst for Constellation Research. “The complexity is furthered by their desire to build with new technologies – most prominently microservices and containers – and move to the public cloud. A solution making it easier for enterprises to manage the process as well as accelerate the adoption of these tools, is highly welcome and will catch the attention of DevOps teams and CxOs trying to address these challenges.”
New features in Rancher 2.0 include:
“The Rancher community and our partner ecosystem is incredibly active,” said Sheng Liang, CEO and co-founder of Rancher Labs. “Our team is fortunate to regularly receive feedback and requests on desired features and support items. In Rancher 2.0, we are dramatically improving Kubernetes support, making day-to-day Kubernetes use incredibly simple to accelerate adoption of Kubernetes in the enterprise.”
“With Canonical’s experience deploying Kubernetes on Ubuntu in the enterprise, we see first-hand the tremendous opportunity for Rancher 2.0 to solve container management at scale,” says Dustin Kirkland, VP of Product Development at Canonical. “We’re delighted to partner with Rancher Labs in combining Rancher, Kubernetes, and Ubuntu into an open application development platform for the agile, cloud native developer.”
For additional information on Rancher 2.0, and to learn more about Rancher Labs and the company’s suite of open source products, please visit www.rancher.com.