As container and Kubernetes adoption grows, more and more companies are looking for support in adopting and running their environments. Rancher Labs has been leading the way with helping enterprise companies adopt and run container and Kubernetes environments. The Rancher Labs founders have a background similar to mine, in OpenStack, and all of us have learned what worked and didn't work with enterprise adoption.
Simply put, containers and Kubernetes are hard to adopt at enterprise scale. While there is significant momentum in Kubernetes, the ecosystem is fairly immature from the needs of enterprise companies. Enterprises need a level of maintenance and support from open source tools and the Kubernetes ecosystem is still building up to that. While Kubernetes and other container tools are open source, most enterprises realize that they don't want to become a distribution themselves and to use these tools at scale, they need support and central management.
That's the green field that Rancher Labs is going after. I was at the Rancher Labs Analyst event where we had some deep discussions with both Rancher folks and customers. The common theme was the need for simple, supported tools to fully leverage containers and Kubernetes. The customers cited the need for:
- Support for different distribution of Kubernetes.
- Multi-cluster management.
- Centralized policy/security management.
- Integrated tooling for DevOps.
Rancher Labs 2.0 has been released to be a complete container management platform, focused on managing any Kubernetes deployment regardless of how it was created or where it runs. Rancher's position is to help enterprises contain the complexities of Kubernetes so that they can focus on getting the full value from containers, as opposed to focusing on just getting things up and running. This clear enterprise focus from Rancher Labs is a strong suit for them and as adoption of Kubernetes grows in both breadth and depth, Rancher Labs should be extremely well positioned to take advantage of it.