Rancher Takes Kubernetes Management to China

14 Nov 2018 10:29am, by

Along with its keynote Wednesday at KubeCon China, Rancher Labs is announcing availability for its Kubernetes platform on China’s three largest cloud providers: Huawei Cloud Container Engine (CCE), Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) and Tencent Kubernetes Engine (TKE).

The company announced it was going all-in on Kubernetes earlier this year, when it launched version 2.0 of its open source management platform Rancher, enabling teams to create clusters hosted by Google, Amazon and Azure as well as other U.S. public clouds. Rancher provides a central management plane, including security, policy and access, no matter where they run.

China is the second-biggest market for Rancher, Shannon Williams, Rancher Labs co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing.

“Our U.S. customers are excited to have the ability to have a single management plane. Now, [with the addition of China], you can almost build a cloud of Kubernetes.”

They can deploy on infrastructure in China and the U.S. with a centrally managed, standardized interface.

“They can easily deploy to all of them. Policy can be applied to all of them. Users have access to all of them, and the organization has total visibility into what’s going on,” he said.

“It’s almost like we finally have 110-volt electricity. We can start to build tools that can be plugged into it. We don’t have to know too much about the cloud provider to provide a lot of value because they’re giving us something consistent.”

The Rancher platform consists of the Rancher Kubernetes Engine, a Kubernetes distribution that can be deployed on any cloud or on-premises environment; a unified cluster management tool to centrally enforce security, role-based access and other administrative policies; and an application workload management interface that includes an application catalog, monitoring, alerting, log aggregation and integrated CI/CD pipelines.

With the China launch, Rancher provides:

  • Self-service provisioning to create and upgrade clusters on CCE, ACK, and TKE from the Rancher UI and API.
  • Integrated configuration management and cluster scaling, including the number of nodes in the clusters.
  • Centralized user authentication and access control across on-premise and CCE, ACK, and TKE clusters using Active Directory and LDAP credentials.
  • Unified access control policy across Kubernetes clusters.

At the keynote, Wei Zhang, vice president of technology for Goldwind Smart Energy and Rancher Labs CEO Sheng Liang spoke about how the wind turbine manufacturer uses Kubernetes in central data centers as well as at the edge, where weather data and AI technologies are used to predict power output for a cluster of turbines.

On an episode of The New Stack Makers podcast earlier this year, Rancher Labs’ Williams talked about how the company, which originally offered its own orchestrator called Cattle, made the shift to Kubernetes.

“Kubernetes had the whole industry working to improve it,” Williams said. “We made the decision then to bet everything on Kubernetes.”

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