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Docker Enterprise Edition Available from Rancher Labs

April 21, 2017

Rancher Labs has partnered with Docker to integrate Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE) Basic into its Rancher container management platform. Users will be able to access the usability, security and portability benefits of Docker EE through the easy to use Rancher interface. Docker provides a powerful combination of runtime with integrated orchestration, security and networking capabilities. Rancher provides users with easy access to these Docker EE capabilities, as well as the Rancher platform’s rich set of infrastructure services and other container orchestration tools. Users will now be able to purchase support for both Docker Enterprise Edition and the Rancher container management platform directly from Rancher Labs.

“Since we started Rancher Labs, we have strived to provide users with a native Docker experience,” said Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO, Rancher Labs. “As a result of this partnership, the native Docker experience in the Rancher platform expands to include Docker’s enterprise-grade security, management and orchestration capabilities, all of which is fully supported by Rancher Labs.”

Rancher is a comprehensive container management platform that, in conjunction with Docker EE, helps to further reduce the barriers to adopting containers. Users no longer need to develop the technical skills required to integrate a complex set of open source technologies. Infrastructure services and drivers, such as networking, storage and load balancers, are easily configured for each Docker EE environment. The robust Rancher application catalog makes it simple to package configuration files as templates and share them across the organization.

The partnership enables Rancher customers to obtain official support from Rancher Labs for Docker Enterprise Edition. Docker EE is a fully integrated container platform that includes built in orchestration (swarm mode), security, networking, application composition, and many other aspects of the container lifecycle. Rancher users will now be able to easily deploy Docker Enterprise Edition clusters and take advantage of features such as:

•Certified infrastructure, which provides an integrated environment for enterprise Linux (CentOS, Oracle Linux, RHEL, SLES, Ubuntu) Windows Server 2016, and Cloud providers like AWS and Azure.

•Certified containers that provide trusted ISV products packaged and distributed as Docker containers – built with secure best practices cooperative support.

•Certified networking and volume plugins, making it easy to download and install containers to the Docker EE environment.

“The release of Docker Enterprise Edition last month was a huge milestone for us due to its integrated, and broad support for both Linux and Windows operating systems, as well as for cloud providers, including AWS and Azure,” said Nick Stinemates, VP Business Development & Technical Alliances, Docker. “We are committed to offering our users choice, so it was natural to partner with Rancher Labs to embed Docker Enterprise Edition into the Rancher platform. Users will now have the ability to run Docker Enterprise Edition on any cloud from the easy to use Rancher interface, while also benefitting from a Docker solution that provides a simplified yet rich user experience with its integrated runtime, multi-tenant orchestration, security, and management capabilities as well as access to an ecosystem of certified technologies.”

Rancher with Docker EE Basic is available in the US and Europe immediately, with more advanced editions and other territories planned for future.

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