SUSE Rancher 2.6 GA
September 2, 2021
Rancher 2.6 is the latest release of SUSE's open source enterprise Kubernetes
management platform. SUSE Rancher 2.6 is the first major Rancher-related release
from SUSE since its acquisition of Rancher Labs in December 2020.
“Kubernetes and container solutions are booming in popularity, environments are
becoming more sophisticated, and there is no slowdown in sight,” said Thomas Di
Giacomo, SUSE Chief Technology and Product Officer. “We recognize that SUSE
Rancher is a big part of that growth, having proven itself as a leading
Kubernetes management technology and customer solution for thousands of
enterprises. A key part of its success is its openness and interoperability. We
continue to see customers innovate best when they have freedom to choose the
products they believe best fit their needs, with flexibility to easily define
and adapt their IT strategy. SUSE and SUSE Rancher 2.6 give businesses the
opportunity to simply build, scale and transform their infrastructures with
SUSE Rancher 2.6 features major updates across the platform that will help
enterprise customers better manage their growing Kubernetes environments.
Enhancements include a redesigned platform experience complete with a new crisp
user interface with improved logic-based workflows, full lifecycle management of
hosted Kubernetes clusters in Microsoft AKS and Google GKE alongside existing
Amazon EKS capabilities, plus new security, risk and compliance features.
Steve Delaney, Cloud Enterprise Architect at multinational energy and automation
company Schneider Electric, said, “In 2020, our Rancher platform experienced a
92% increase in the number of projects onboarded, and in 2021 we’re seeing the
same high level of engagement. SUSE Rancher 2.6 will further stoke demand with
the addition of AKS and EKS support, while at the same time offering our
operations team a single pane of glass through which to support this growing
Important new customer benefits provided by SUSE Rancher 2.6 include:
Savings in time and resources with further simplification of users’
Kubernetes deployments and management of their clusters. Professionals who build
within or manage growing environments now have access to a new crisp user
interface and rearchitected workflows across the platform. This reduction in
visual noise, redesigned dashboards and improved single- and multi-cluster
management experience within a single pane of glass enables users to save time
and resources needed to manage the operational requirements of clusters
regardless of where they are hosted.
choice and infrastructure freedom with full lifecycle management of clusters
hosted in Microsoft AKS and Google GKE, adding to SUSE Rancher’s existing
support for hosted Amazon EKS clusters. Users with multi-cloud environments can
now easily manage, secure and operate their hosted clusters within SUSE Rancher.
Existing hosted clusters can also be imported and managed with the same
proficiency level of SUSE Rancher deployed clusters, giving users true
interoperability across their multi-cloud environments by empowering them to
freely choose the right infrastructure and technology solutions fit for their
organization. SUSE continues to accelerate technology partnerships with leading
infrastructure providers in the pursuit of helping enterprises scale faster.
Greater confidence to build applications and
scale environments with strengthened enterprise security and compliance
capabilities. To help users fortify their existing and new cluster environments,
SUSE Rancher 2.6 has begun integration with SUSE Linux Enterprise Base Container
Images (SLE BCI) to deliver a free, open, flexible and secure foundation. SUSE
Rancher 2.6 also now features enhanced audit log traceability to help operators
satisfy audit compliance requirements. A technical preview of GitOps
provisioning with Cluster API is also available in SUSE Rancher 2.6 to give IT
operators the ability to create custom cluster templates to help reduce
user-error risk and standardize deployments.
SUSE Rancher is 100% open source and free from
vendor lock-in, giving users the flexibility and ability to manage their
containers across any certified Kubernetes distribution. SUSE Rancher helps IT
professionals address the operational and security challenges of managing
certified Kubernetes clusters in the data center, in the cloud and at the edge.
It also provides DevOps teams with integrated tools for building and running
containerized workloads at scale.