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Press Release: Rancher Labs Launches Rancher 2.0, the First Container Management Platform to Work with Any Kubernetes Cluster


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:

  • [Manage Kubernetes everywhere: With cloud providers increasingly
    offering Kubernetes clusters as a service, users no longer need to
    create their own clusters. Rancher 2.0 enables users to manage
    existing Kubernetes clusters from cloud service providers like
    Google Container Engine (GKE), as well as clusters running
  • [Multi-cluster management: Rancher 2.0 provides centralized
    management of user authentication, monitoring and health checks to
    give IT administrators increased visibility and control. The
    container management platform leverages the sophisticated role based
    access control (RBAC) capabilities in Kubernetes to provide shared
    cluster and host access to users.]
  • [Improved user experience: The market-leading Rancher user
    experience has been significantly enhanced to bring the simplicity
    of Docker command line and the elegance of Docker Compose to
    Kubernetes. Users can now have the same experience they love on
    their laptop on production Kubernetes
  • [Enriched application catalog: The Rancher catalog has been
    extended to support Docker Compose, Kubernetes templates and Helm
    charts, giving users access to even more containerized

“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   Supporting

  About Rancher Labs Rancher Labs builds
innovative, open source software for enterprises leveraging containers
to accelerate software development and improve IT operations. The
flagship Rancher container management
platform allows users to easily manage all aspects of running containers
in production, on any infrastructure.
RancherOS is a simplified Linux
distribution built from containers for running containers. For
additional information, please visit   Contact: Eleni
Laughlin Mindshare PR (510) 406-0798  
Partner Quotes “We are thrilled to work with Rancher on their 2.0
release, which greatly simplifies the deployment and management of
Kubernetes. With Anchore’s integration with Kubernetes, provided by
Rancher, users can confidently deploy cloud native workloads that are
certified for security and operational practices with policies defined
by their users.” Said Ziouani, CEO, Anchore   “Containers should be
portable across clouds and stacks. By partnering with Rancher, we can
help customers operating in heterogeneous environments gain
cross-platform container management, orchestration and security.” Upesh
Patel, Vice President of Business Development, Aqua Security
Technologies and Rancher Labs share a common vision of innovation and
driving adoption of container technologies with enterprise
customers. Through tools like REX-Ray (developed by {code}, Dell
Technologies’ Open Source organization) designed to provide persistent
storage across container technology, Dell Technologies is addressing
emerging customer challenges by providing solutions that maximize
datacenter efficiencies. Rancher Labs and Dell Technologies are also
aligned around our embrace of Kubernetes and its robust ecosystem.
Rancher’s 2.0 release provides a compelling aggregation point for
multiple Kubernetes deployments.” Josh Bernstein, Vice President of
Technology, Dell Technologies
  “We see increasing demand for time
series platforms driven by the movement to containerization and
virtualization. We are excited to partner with Rancher in addressing our
joint customer needs for monitoring, visibility and control as they
build their applications on Kubernetes.” Evan Kaplan, CEO, InfluxData
  “Rancher 2.0 means that customers have a choice in deploying and
managing containers. At JFrog, we know our customers want us to stay on
the cutting edge of containerization and DevOps technology, and we see
that our integration and innovation with Rancher will continue to
grow.” Kit Merker, VP Business Development, JFrog

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