Rancher Labs Launches OEM Program as Kubernetes Management Use Cases Increase

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  • Rancher Labs’ OEM and Embedded Alliances Program is the latest addition to Rancher’s Partner offering
  • IDC predicts that, by 2025, there will be 55.7 billion connected devices worldwide, 75 per cent of which will be connected to an IoT platform

Rancher Labs announced that it is hastening industrial adoption of Kubernetes with the launch of a new Partner Program for the OEM and embedded community. It said that Rancher Labs’ OEM and Embedded Alliances Program is the latest addition to Rancher’s Partner offering. The program will enable original equipment manufacturers, ISVs, IHVs and cloud infrastructure partners to transform legacy compute and device management models into modern, microservices-based applications that run in heterogeneous environments – without having to invest in building their own Kubernetes and containerization capabilities.

Jim Sarale, VP Global Channels and Alliances at Rancher Labs said, “Today’s OEMs are not only looking for ways to transform the delivery of devices and software, they are also keen to modernize how they are managed, consumed and accessed. Rancher’s unique open-interoperable approach enables OEMs, and their customers, to modernize with containers and Kubernetes, and orchestrate across all environments.”

55.7 billion connected devices worldwide by 2025

IDC predicts that, by 2025, there will be 55.7 billion connected devices worldwide, 75 per cent of which will be connected to an IoT platform. Added to this, the hybrid cloud infrastructure services opportunity is estimated to grow to $50.4 billion this year, according to Gartner. The need for agile, scalable, cloud-native compute capabilities has never been so urgent, and the OEM program will help organizations capitalize on this market acceleration.

The company added, “Another major catalyst for the launch of Rancher’s OEM program is the massive proliferation of new edge use cases, as showcased in the recent Computing on the Edge with Kubernetes conference, hosted by Rancher Labs, Arm, AWS and Microsoft. Unlike more traditional K8s management solutions from IBM Red Hat and VMware that require a heavy, proprietary stack, Rancher’s “open-interoperable” approach to Kubernetes management – lightweight, runs on any OS or certified Kubernetes distribution, manages millions of clusters – is ideally suited to support next-generation edge use cases.”

NetApp is the first Rancher OEM and Embedded Alliances Program member to announce a solution. It is working with Kubernetes and Rancher to pioneer the next evolution of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) services.

McClain Buggle, senior director, Product Management, HCI at NetApp said, “Businesses are under heavy pressure to improve and create new customer touchpoints – and as Kubernetes becomes more mainstream in the enterprise, IT managers are looking for an easy way to serve their DevOps teams. We’re excited about this new integration with Rancher to help organizations lead with data by providing them with rich support for building, deploying and scaling containerized apps, with the easy button infrastructure experience of NetApp HCI.”

The company said that the new program will help OEMs meet customers’ pent-up demand by allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively provision, manage and maintain their applications’ full lifecycle on any operating system, any Kubernetes distribution and any device without having to build their own platform. It provides technology companies the ability to improve IT operations, improve time to market and help manage their customers’ most critical assets, anywhere.

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