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Announcing a new usage-based Rancher Prime listing on the AWS Marketplace


AWS users can now find a usage-based Rancher Prime listing on the AWS Marketplace. Like the previous contract listing, this is a fully supported version on Rancher, but now offered on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Rancher Prime: Simplifying Container Orchestration

Rancher Prime, a widely acclaimed container management platform, has joined the AWS Marketplace, a solution to efficiently deploy, manage, and scale container applications from AWS.

What is Rancher?

Rancher is an open-source container management platform that facilitates the deployment and orchestration of containers within a Kubernetes environment. It acts as a centralized control plane, providing a user-friendly interface to manage clusters, applications, and infrastructure. Whether you’re a seasoned DevOps professional or a newcomer to containerization, Rancher’s intuitive design makes it accessible to all.

Key Features:

  1. Multi-Cluster Management: manage multiple Kubernetes clusters from a single interface.
  2. Application Catalog: Simplifying the deployment of applications, Rancher offers a wide range of pre-configured templates.
  3. Infrastructure Provisioning: From the AWS control plane, you can manage across infrastructure providers, This solves the common complications from hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.
  4. Monitoring and Logging: integrate with monitoring and logging tools, providing insight into resource usage, application performance, and potential issues.
  5. Security: provide role-based access control (RBAC), ensuring that only authorized users have access to specific resources.

Use Cases:

  1. Enterprise Deployments: Rancher is well-suited for large-scale enterprise deployments where managing multiple clusters and applications efficiently is essential. Its user-friendly interface and comprehensive features make it an attractive choice for organizations with diverse containerization needs.
  2. DevOps Pipelines: DevOps teams benefit from Rancher’s ability to streamline the deployment pipeline. With support for continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices, Rancher facilitates the automation of containerized application delivery.
  3. Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environments: As businesses increasingly adopt hybrid and multi-cloud strategies, Rancher’s support for various infrastructure providers becomes a key advantage. It allows organizations to deploy and manage applications seamlessly across different cloud environments.

Rancher Prime benefits as an AWS Marketplace monetized offering:

  1. EDP Efficiency: Users can capitalize on EDP discounts, ensuring cost-effectiveness in orchestrating containers from AWS. Rancher’s integration with the marketplace ensures it aligns with AWS’s commitment to providing value-driven solutions.
  2. Streamlined Procurement: By choosing Rancher Prime from the marketplace, users benefit from a simplified procurement process. The already approved purchase method ensures a seamless experience in acquiring and implementing Rancher Prime for container orchestration.

Pricing Options:

Rancher Prime has a six tier pricing model, the same as the one used for data center implementations. This pricing approach is very cloud friendly and was designed to properly support bursting use-cases. Monetization is through AWS and leverages a monthly on-demand usage model based on the same average node count model.

The usage tiers that govern pricing discounts are:

  • 5-15 nodes:  $450 per node per month*
  • 16-50 nodes: $321 per node per month
  • 51-100 nodes: $221 per node per month
  • 101-250 nodes: $175 per node per month
  • 251-1000 nodes: $142 per node per month
  • >1000 nodes: $100 per node per month

* There is a 5 node minimum on monthly usage.


You can find the marketplace offers at:

Rancher Prime

Rancher Prime (EMEA Orders Only)

Deployment Flexibility

With this new usage-based marketplace offering, you have several deployment options, all of which take advantage of the inherent usage discounts. This is made possible by leveraging the control plane for each product that is installed into EKS. With the control plane within EKS, it is possible to manage downstream Kubernetes clusters everywhere. (Managed clusters can run anywhere, but will appear as a logical extension of the control plane in AWS EKS.)

This means that the downstream clusters will monetize through the AWS marketplace regardless of where they are deployed. If they are all in EKS, all is good. But even if they are not, with managed clusters on-premise, in a hybrid deployment, or elsewhere, the marketplace control plane will still govern and monetize all managed clusters. The bottomline, with this new usage-based marketplace offering, you get to take advantage of the node usage discounts and apply them to your entire federated deployment, and monetize through the marketplace regardless of the deployment scenario.

Take the leap towards enhanced container management and orchestration on AWS by exploring Rancher Prime on the Marketplace today.

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