December 14, 2017

Canonical partners with Rancher Labs for a joint Kubernetes cloud offering

The offering aims to simplify the usage of Kubernetes with controlled management, access and cluster administration for its users.

U.K based software company Canonical and has announced the launch of a Kubernetes Cloud Platform offering in a partnership with U.S software company Rancher Labs. This application delivery platform is built on Ubuntu, Kubernetes and Rancher 2.0, and will enable users to deploy and manage containers on Kubernetes right from development & testing to production environments.

Canonical says that the cloud-native platform built on Kubernetes and Rancher 2.0 will simplify the administration of Kubernetes clusters for their users. They also added that the user experience of Rancher 2.0 serves as a great pairing to harness the power of Kubernetes. Echoing this statement, Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical said:

Our partnership with Rancher provides end to end workflow automation for the enterprise development and operations team on Canonical’s distribution of Kubernetes. Ubuntu has long been the platform of choice for developers driving innovation with containers. Canonical’s Kubernetes offerings include consulting, integration and fully-managed Kubernetes services on-prem and on-cloud.

According to Rancher Labs, the added advantage that will be provided by this platform will be centralized management of user authentication along with increased visibility and control over health checks. They also added that users will be able to manage new Kubernetes clusters using Canonical’s user distribution or even a cloud-hosted Kubernetes service such as Amazon EKS, Azure ACS or Google GKE. Thrilled with the alliance, Sheng Liang, CEO, and Co-founder of Rancher Labs said:

By integrating Rancher, Kubernetes, and Ubuntu, we can provide users with a complete end-to-end Kubernetes management solution that both accelerates Kubernetes adoption in the enterprise and simplifies operations.

In the recent past, we have seen the cloud computing industry enhance their container management systems by deploying Kubernetes. Industry watchers speculate that this rate of adaption is bound to increase.

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