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Out Of Beta, Rancher Labs Launches Its Container Management Platform

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Rancher Labs, announced the general availability of its open source container management software platform called Rancher. Rancher is an easy to use, container management platform that provides a central user interface for both managing applications and infrastructure; the platform has been in beta for the past year.

Unlike other container management platforms, Rancher provides a cloud-agnostic infrastructure layer that enables IT departments to use any public or private cloud, or even a traditional data center. Rancher takes raw computing resources from any Linux host, whether it's a virtual machine, or a physical one.

"Organizations are increasingly adopting containers to improve the development and delivery of all types of applications.  With this surge of adoption, there is going to be a variety of container technologies and environments in play for any organization," said Judith Hurwitz, President and CEO, Hurwitz & Associates. "The hurdle to date has been in finding a management platform that supports all of the major orchestration frameworks and can run on any cloud or on-premise infrastructure."

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Rancher provides complete container lifecycle management. Administrators can deploy containers and then clone them when more capacity is needed. Eventually, Rancher can stop, destroy and garbage collect containers when users are done with them.

Rancher's user interface makes it possible to create resource pools and launch containers or application templates from a user friendly GUI, or command-line interface. The interface also allows for management of networking, load balancing, storage, and container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm. A comprehensive self-service catalog offers sharing of Kubernetes and Docker Compose templates, application deployments, and complex application stacks such as Hadoop, Elasticsearch and MongoDB.

Rancher also works with monitoring platforms such as Sysdig and Data Dog.

Rancher creates private software defined network environments for secure communication between containers and across hosts and clouds. For disaster recovery purposes, Rancher supports live snapshots and backup of Docker volumes, enabling users to create stateful containers and stateful services.

"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," said Sheng Liang, CEO of Rancher Labs.

Additional information as well as Rancher documentation is available at