Meet the New Rancher Prime!

Meet Rancher Prime 3.0: Your Platform Engineering Team’s New Best Friend


In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, managing containerized workloads securely and efficiently is paramount for businesses aiming to stay ahead. To stay ahead, Platform Engineering Teams really do need a best friend.

SUSE’s latest Rancher Prime empowers teams to seamlessly navigate the complexities of Kubernetes, from infrastructure to applications, delivering built in security, flexibility and control. It delivers everything platform engineering teams need to deploy, run, and manage their containerized workloads anywhere – from data center, to hybrid cloud, to the edge. Streamlining cluster deployment, Rancher Prime offers centralized authentication, access control and observability across your entire infrastructure. It also includes options for container security, persistent storage, OS management, virtual machine management, and SLE Micro certified Linux OS, as well as access to a vast ecosystem of open source technologies. Enabling platform engineering teams to address the operational and security challenges of managing certified Kubernetes, Rancher Prime also equips DevOps teams with the tools needed to streamline application delivery and get code to production fast.

Why Rancher Prime?

Let’s face it: managing multi-cluster Kubernetes can be a challenge. Sure, there are a number of free open source tools available, but do they really give your team everything they need? Even more importantly, perhaps, do they meet your business’ security and compliance needs? With the cost of cyber attacks rising, businesses are actively looking for software that has security built in. Rancher Prime 3.0 provides those security needs and simplifies multi-cluster Kubernetes management, offering a comprehensive suite of tools to address the diverse needs of both DevOps and platform engineering teams.

Let’s take a look at everything you get with the new Rancher Prime.

Simple, Consistent Multi-Cluster Management

Rancher Prime support for Any Certified Kubernetes Distribution: Whether it’s public cloud offerings like EKS, AKS, and GKE, or on-premises deployments with Rancher Kubernetes Engine 2 (RKE2) and K3s, Rancher Prime provides support for any CNCF-certified Kubernetes distribution.  Rancher Prime streamlines cluster operations, offering provisioning, version management, monitoring, and centralized audit capabilities.  With Rancher Prime you can automate processes and enforce consistent security policies across all clusters, regardless of their location.  Rancher Prime also includes a vast catalog of open source tools for building, deploying, and scaling containerized applications, including CI/CD, logging, monitoring, and service mesh.

New capabilities in Rancher Prime 3.0 help platform engineering teams deliver self-service Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to their developer communities, and enhanced support for AI workloads.General availability of Cluster API and new Cluster Classes enables platform engineering teams to deliver self-service PaaS, allowing them to scale with automation and accelerate code-to-production.

Trusted Delivery

Rancher Prime now is Secure Level Software Artifacts (SLSA) compliant.  In addition, we are including a shareable SBOM (which many highly regulated and federal governments require) as it is a key building block in security and risk management as it is a comprehensive list of ingredients that make up the software components. We are also including an OCI Prime Registry that will contain the signed and trusted artifacts for Rancher Prime.

Enterprise Lifecycle Management

Rancher Prime lifecycle provides an 18 month lifecycle complete with support, security patches and maintenance updates.  In addition, we will provide you with a consistent release cycle so that you can keep up with the rapid evolution of Kubernetes.

Platform Extensibility

Rancher Prime includes  integration options for SUSE’s entire portfolio of cloud-native technologies including security, storage, VM management, OS management, and our certified Linux OS, SLE Micro enabling seamless deployment, management and scaling of your containerized workloads from datacenter to cloud to edge.  In addition to integration with SUSE technologies, Rancher Prime UI Extensions provides easy integration with 3rd-party open source technologies including policy management, observability, cost management, and platform-as-a-service.

Curated Application Delivery

Rancher Prime 3.0 introduces general availability of the Rancher Prime Application Collection, a trusted, enterprise-grade distribution platform providing minimal, hardened images with signatures and SBOMs.  By using the Application Collection for curated application delivery, platform engineers can rest assured that these applications are patched and up-to-date, have trustability of the artifacts, and meet compliance of the supply chain to the highest level of security.

Knowledge Sharing and Insight

As a Rancher Prime subscriber you will have access to world class, follow the sun support.  In addition, you will have priority access to new features and the opportunity to engage directly with Rancher Prime engineers and influence product direction. You’ll also enjoy access to numerous tools and programs to optimize the user experience, including the Rancher Prime AI Assistant providing automated, accurate real-time assistance, and the SUSE Collective, a knowledge sharing platform providing technical insight like best practices and reference architectures.

Simple, Flexible Pricing

While Rancher Prime pricing is ideal for customers choosing only certain components of the Rancher Prime portfolio, for customers planning to leverage the entire portfolio, SUSE now offers a simplified package for the entire Rancher Prime portfolio including cluster management, container security, OS management, VM management, persistent storage, and SLE Micro certified Linux OS.

Ready to Revolutionize Management of Containerized Workloads?

Rancher Prime revolutionizes enterprise container management, offering unparalleled flexibility, security, and scalability. Embrace the future of Kubernetes and simplify management of containerized workloads with Rancher Prime. Unlock new possibilities for innovation and growth. Contact your Account Executive or visit our websites to learn more about Rancher Prime and how it can transform your container management strategy:

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Stacey Miller Stacey is a Principal Product Marketing Manager at SUSE. With more than 25 years in the high-tech industry, Stacey has a wide breadth of technical marketing expertise.