Rancher provides a centralized control plane that unifies management of every Kubernetes cluster running across your organization. Rancher solves operations challenges, such as cluster provisioning, upgrades, user management and policy management.
As Kubernetes keeps dominating as the de facto container orchestrator platform and more developers are choosing a Multi-Cloud Providers strategy and running a multi-cluster infrastructure,
Rancher is the best, easy, open, maintained, community and commercial option to manage your cloud infrastructure.
Kamatera developed all the tools, drivers, provisioning process to create a Rancher in less than 1 minute. (see video above).
Install and manage Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure
Rancher automates deploying and upgrading Kubernetes on VMware cloud. Rancher automatically deploys and configures Kubernetes components, such as etcd, and monitors the cluster health.
Provision and manage clusters
Rancher works with Kamatera to make it simple to provision managed Kubernetes services. Admins can centrally configure policy on these clusters. For users, every Kubernetes cluster behaves the same and has access to all of Rancher’s integrated workload management capabilities.
Centralized security policy management
Rancher allows admins to define Kubernetes access control, network and pod security policies centrally and apply them across any cluster. With centralized policy administration, organizations can ensure compliance and reduce the overhead on individual teams as they adopt Kubernetes.
Authentication with Active Directory, LDAP and SAML integration
Rancher integrates with Active Directory, LDAP or any SAML-based authentication service to enforce access control policies for individual users or groups. Admins can enable self-service by delegating administration of Kubernetes clusters or projects and namespaces directly to individual users or groups.
Smart DNS provisioning for every application
By provisioning and maintaining DNS records for applications running in both single and multi-cluster environments, Rancher’s Global DNS capability ensures that users can reach your application from the moment it launches, with no extra effort required.
Strong options for surviving cluster failures
Rancher Cluster BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) runs scheduled and ad-hoc snapshots of etcd, writing them to local or Minio storage, with management via both Rancher and the Kubernetes API. Rancher gives you the tools and the confidence to not only protect against disasters but recover from them quickly.
Advanced monitoring across multiple Kubernetes clusters with alerts
Rancher’s Prometheus support delivers advanced monitoring across all Kubernetes clusters, projects, users and isolated tenants. Metrics are available for alerts within Rancher, with actions as simple as notifying a user on Slack or PagerDuty, or as complex as initiating horizontal scaling of a workload to handle an increase in load.
Complete UI for workload management
Rancher includes an intuitive UI that makes it easy for users to deploy services on Kubernetes and get visibility into everything running on a cluster. Users are presented with common configuration options directly from the UI for defining scheduling rules, health checks, ingress controllers, secrets, storage and other key configuration choices.
User projects spanning multiple namespaces
Rancher projects make it easy to allocate multiple Kubernetes namespaces within the same cluster to an individual user or team. Users can then quickly define access control policies, secrets and other configuration items that span multiple namespaces.
Public and private application catalog
Rancher includes global and private application catalogs that work across multiple Kubernetes clusters and supports both Helm and Docker Compose templates. By reducing the load on operations teams, Rancher increases productivity and reliability for businesses running in a hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, or multi-cluster Kubernetes environment.
Rancher comes preloaded with Grafana dashboards that provide enhanced observability into all Kubernetes clusters while ensuring isolation across different projects and users. Secure and safe for multi-tenant clusters, it enables capacity planning and empowers project owners to make decisions about the workloads they manage.
Integrated CI/CD pipelines
Rancher includes integrated CI/CD, making it easy for teams using Kubernetes, to quickly integrate it with their development, testing and release management process. Users can easily point Rancher at any git repo and Rancher will automatically run builds on Kubernetes, deploy test environments, and move product.
No Vendor Lock-In
Rancher remains agnostic about which provider to use. We give you the freedom to quickly deploy Kubernetes anywhere, with the configuration that you want. We abstract vendor differences so that you can interact with each cluster in the same way. We make it possible for you to run multiple clusters, and if you ever decide to stop using Rancher, we provide a clean uninstall process that leaves you able to manage each cluster independently, as if we were never there.