Tuesday, 09 October 2018 08:10

Rancher release offers new features for container management

Sheng Liang: "Rancher continues to be the de facto choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production." Sheng Liang: "Rancher continues to be the de facto choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production." Supplied

Container management software provider Rancher Labs has released version 2.1 of its software of the same name, incorporating several new features.

The new version provides a path for migration for users from Rancher's Cattle orchestrator to Rancher Kubernetes.

Containers allow the packaging and isolation of applications with all the files they need to run. They can be easily moved between development, testing and production environments without any loss of functionality.

Kubernetes is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerised applications It was originally designed by Google and later donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

“Rancher continues to be the de facto choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production,” Rancher Labs chief executive and co-founder Sheng Liang said.

“With Rancher 2.1, we’re providing key upgrades to the product that further enables any enterprise to embrace Kubernetes and accelerate development, reduce infrastructure costs and improve application reliability.”

Containers are very much flavour of the month for open source providers. In March, Peter Lees, chief technologist for the Asia-Pacific region for SUSE Linux, told  iTWire that containers would be the major focus of the Germany-based company for a while as it sought to consolidate its position in the Asia-Pacific region.

New features in Rancher 2.1 include:

  • Expanded integration with authentication providers: Rancher now integrates with PingID, Microsoft Active Directory Federation Server, OpenLDAP, Keycloak, FreeIPA and Azure Active Directory.
  • Drain and cordon support for nodes: Simplified process for admins to quickly cordon and drain nodes from a managed Kubernetes cluster during maintenance windows.
  • Added support for project-level quotas: Administrators can now set resource quotas for users and teams that can then distributed between Kubernetes name spaces.
  • Improved application management functionality: Rancher 2.1 adds improved support for helm charts, improvements to ingress management and improved logging and alerting functionality.
  • Expanded Command Line Interface: Teams can now automate how they interface with Rancher and Kubernetes.
  • Expanded DevOps tooling: Rancher 2.1 includes fully integrated CI/CD functionality that works with Kubernetes to automate build processes and release management.
  • Support for GitLab: Rancher 2.1 adds support for GitLab to Rancher CI/CD. Previously, only GitHub support was present.

The company said version 2.1 was its supported upgrade release for those who were using version 1.6. It said Rancher 2.1 also provided integration tooling that analysed Rancher Compose files and outlined how users could migrate an application directly to Kubernetes.


26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more


Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



Recent Comments