Rancher Labs Announces General Availability Of Container Management Platform Rancher 1.0

This week, Rancher Labs announced the general availability of the container management platform Rancher 1.0. Rancher 1.0 allows users to take advantage of the Docker Swarm and Kubernetes orchestration frameworks, while nevertheless delivering a unified management experience for production-grade container deployments. Organizations can use the open source Rancher platform to deploy and manage Docker Swarm and Kubernetes clusters of any size on any cloud, on-premise or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Meanwhile, the platform’s management console delivers deep visibility into container deployments in ways that allow users to enhance its software development and delivery lifecycle. Rancher Labs CEO Sheng Liang commented on the success of the Rancher platform as follows:

Since announcing our beta product less than a year ago, Rancher Labs has experienced incredible demand, as well as received encouraging and helpful feedback and community support for this open platform which has enabled us to make meaningful enhancements to Rancher. Now, with well over a million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the platform of choice for teams serious about running containers in production.

Liang remarks on how the “incredible demand” for the platform has led to feedback and customer engagement that accelerated enhancement of the open source Rancher platform and subsequently positioned it strongly as one of the industry’s leading container management platforms. Spearheaded by a rich user interface, its support for both Docker Swarm and Kubernetes and a cloud-agnostic framework, Rancher gives users a centralized platform for enterprise grade container deployment and management. In addition, the platform features a rich application catalogue that facilitates the creation of templates for storing applications that can subsequently be re-used, tweaked and variously customized. Rancher Labs supports a commercially licensed version of its container management platform that wraps professional services around the open source Rancher container management platform. Headquartered in Cupertino, CA, the company has raised $10M to date from Mayfield and Nexus Venture Partners.

Kubernetes Integrates With OpenStack Through Collaboration Between Google And Mirantis

On Tuesday, Mirantis announced the integration of OpenStack with Kubernetes, the open source framework developed by Google to manage containers. The integration between OpenStack and Kubernetes enhances the portability of applications between the private cloud infrastructures typical of OpenStack and public cloud environments such as the Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure that support Kubernetes. Even though Docker containers are well known for enhancing the portability of applications across infrastructures, transporting applications and workloads from private clouds to public clouds remains challenging. The availability of Kubernetes within (OpenStack) private clouds in addition to public cloud environments now renders it easier to transport containerized applications from private to public clouds and subsequently obtain a greater return on investment from deploying hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Moreover, the integration between Kubernetes and OpenStack facilitates container management on the Mirantis OpenStack platform by automating and orchestrating the management of Docker containers within an OpenStack-based IaaS infrastructure. The integration between Kubernetes and OpenStack depends on the OpenStack Application Catalog Murano, which manages the infrastructure for Kubernetes clusters and deploys the Docker application to the Kubernetes cluster. As the application and Kubernetes cluster scale, Murano manages the interplay between OpenStack compute, storage and networking resources and the application to ensure support for the infrastructure needs of the application and its attendant Kubernetes cluster. Tuesday’s announcement underscores the burgeoning power of containers, container management frameworks such as Google’s Kubernetes, the significance of OpenStack within the private cloud space as well as the increasingly urgent need for technologies that promote communication across cloud infrastructures toward the end of realizing the true potentiality of hybrid cloud environments. The integration of Kubernetes and OpenStack’s Murano will be available for preview on the Mirantis OpenStack Express platform in April 2015.