Rancher 2.0 to Work with Amazon EKS

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Today, Amazon
announced
a managed Kubernetes service called Elastic Container Service for
Kubernetes (EKS). This means that all three major cloud
providers—AWS, Azure, and GCP—now offer managed Kubernetes services.
This is great news for Kubernetes users. Even though users always have
the option to stand up their own Kubernetes clusters, and new tools like
Rancher Kubernetes
Engine

(RKE) make that process even easier, cloud-managed Kubernetes
installations should be the best choice for the majority of Kubernetes
users. At Rancher, we have been working towards a future where
Kubernetes becomes the standard infrastructure available from all
providers. With EKS, this vision is now a reality. We are excited about
the prospect of Rancher 2.0 managing Kubernetes clusters of any kind,
from any cloud provider. Rancher 2.0, currently under development and in
technical preview, consists of the following three major components:

  1. RKE. Rancher’s own lightweight Kubernetes installer and distro
    installs Kubernetes on vSphere and bare-metal servers as well as on
    clouds that do not yet offer a managed Kubernetes service.
  2. Kubernetes cluster management. With Rancher 2.0, users can now
    provision Kubernetes clusters created by RKE, EKS, Google Container
    Engine (GKE), Azure Container Service (AKS), or any other Kubernetes
    cluster. IT administrators can set up centralized user
    authentication integrated with their AD/LDAP. Rancher additionally
    provides centralized role-based access control (RBAC), cluster
    capacity management, and cost management.
  3. Application management. Rancher offers an easy-to-use user
    interface on top of Kubernetes, and integrates cloud-native
    ecosystem technologies such as CI/CD, centralized monitoring, and
    logging.

All these capabilities are available in the Rancher 2.0 tech preview
1.0
and
RKE.
Please join our online meetup tomorrow to learn more about the latest
Rancher 2.0 enhancements, including RKE and our support for EKS. You
can register for the meetup
here.

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