Newest Rancher Version Expands SUSE’s Open, Interoperable Strategy

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With Rancher 2.7.2, SUSE sets new benchmarks for performance, stability, and security. It also improves extensibility and adopts a more secure stance to encourage eco-system adoption.

Rancher 2.7.2 has been released, according to SUSE®, a leader in creative, dependable, and secure enterprise-grade open source solutions. The most popular Kubernetes management platform recently received extension improvements to encourage even greater eco-system usage. With the most recent Rancher Prime version, SUSE also increased the enterprise-grade value of its open source commercial subscription for Rancher, as well as delivered improvements to its well-known open source projects like Rancher Desktop and re-launched its free training portal, Rancher Academy.

Rancher’s UI extension architecture, in Smails’ opinion, will be especially well-liked by SUSE’s extensive network of technology partners. The ‘Tested & Certified – Rancher Extension’ certification has been added to the SUSE One Partner Programme, enabling partners to create and host extensions from Rancher’s application catalogue and verify their dependability using the new certification requirements. The new programme is supported by Rancher Prime and promotes greater cooperation and interoperability across the Rancher partner ecosystem.

With the release of Rancher 2.7.2, SUSE further solidifies its position as the Kubernetes management platform with the largest global deployment. By separating the UI functionality from Rancher Manager, the new Rancher UI extension framework enables users to independently improve and expand the Rancher UI. By creating unique, peer-developed, or Rancher-developed UI extensions, users now have the option to build on top of the Rancher platform and better integrate Rancher into their surroundings.

Three extensions created by Rancher are currently accessible, including:

  • Kubewarden Extension, which offers a thorough method of managing the Kubernetes policy lifecycle across Rancher clusters.
  • Elemental Extension, which enables operators to control their Edge devices and cloud-native OS from the Rancher platform.
  • Harvester Extension, which enables administrators to easily manage and inspect their virtualized Harvester cluster in Rancher.

The basic functionality of hybrid and multi-cloud multi-cluster administration will be provided by SUSE for Rancher, allowing extension providers to provide their clients more specialised user interfaces through a single pane of glass.

Rancher is just the beginning of SUSE’s dedication to open source innovation. SUSE has recently updated its large portfolio of open source projects, which it uses as an innovation sandbox.

  • Rancher Desktop 1.8 currently features new experimental updates as well as configurable application behaviours including auto-start login and all application settings programmable via the command line tool rdctl.
  • DevSecOps teams may now develop Policy as Code using both conventional programming languages and domain-specific languages thanks to Kubewarden 1.6.0.
  • In preparation for its anticipated general availability later this year, Opni 0.9 contains a number of observability feature enhancements.
  • Lifecycle management, object locking and holds, and UI improvements are among the new features in S3GW (S3 Gateway) 0.14.0.
  • Dex, the identity service that uses OpenID Connect to power authentication for other apps, and SUSE’s S3GW are now integrated into Epinio 1.7’s user interface.

Rancher Academy, a free learning resource for Rancher and Kubernetes, has reopened with new courses on Kubernetes, Container Fundamentals, Rancher Multi-cluster Management, Container Security, and other subjects.

After Rancher Prime became available in December 2022, SUSE expanded the enterprise commercial subscription with new value-added features aimed at assisting business clients in enhancing the performance and resilience of their enterprise-grade production clusters.

Thanks to Rancher Prime’s most recent features customers will be able to:

Experience trusted delivery and extensibility: The launch of the new UI extension framework in Rancher v2.7.2 enables Rancher Prime customers to receive SLA-backed support for Policy & OS Management natively within the Rancher platform through Kubewarden and Elemental extensions. This is done in conjunction with a trusted, private registry delivery mechanism.

Effortlessly address business difficulties. With peer access, exclusive roadmap materials, reference architectures, operating at scale documentation, and white glove on demand start-up guidance, SUSE Collective, the customer interaction platform for SUSE, is now available to Prime subscribers.

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