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Rancher Takes on Multicloud Kubernetes Management

Friday Oct 5th 2018 by Sean Michael Kerner

VIDEO: Shannon Williams, co-founder of Rancher Labs, explains how Rancher helps to enable multicloud orchestration.

Kubernetes has become an increasingly popular approach to deploying and orchestrating container workloads on both bare-metal and virtualized server infrastructure.

One thing that happens over time though is organizations can end up with multiple deployments in different places, something that is commonly referred to as "multicloud." It's a deployment challenge that Rancher Labs has built its namesake Rancher cloud orchestration platform to help enable.Rancher logo

Rancher Labs got started back in September 2014 and rebased itself to Kubernetes with the Rancher 2.0 release in 2017. The company and the platform has continued to evolved, according to Shannon Williams, co-founder of Rancher Labs.

In a video interview, Williams provides insight into where Rancher fits into the Kubernetes landscape and why he sees it as a key enabler for multicloud.

"Rancher has always been really great at multi-cluster management and user management," Williams said.

Williams said what has really made the Rancher 2.0 platform exciting for a lot users is the fact that their organizations have wanted to deploy Kubernetes in different places, including different cloud providers as well as in on-premises deployments.

With the multicloud world, Williams said it's critically important to put in place all of the policy and user management that is needed to have a consistent approach across disparate Kubernetes deployments.

Rancher is now and has always been open source software that is entirely free for any organization to use. Rancher Labs charges for commercial support, which Williams said is a stable and growing business.

He added that Rancher Labs has both outbound sales people as well as channel relationships and today has over 200 customers.

"But that's a pretty small percentage of the total of 10,000 companies that use Rancher everyday to run their containers," he said.

Williams said Rancher is Kubernetes with Docker containers and a management plane, and it's something that larger organizations really care about once those services are in production.

"We compete with anybody who is seriously trying to help people adopt Kubernetes, which is Red Hat, Pivotal and to some extent, Docker Inc," Williams said.

Watch the full video with Shannon Williams below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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