We are happy to announce the new Linode integration for Rancher! Rancher is a free and open source tool that simplifies the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters. Instead of using command-line tools to access your clusters, Rancher’s web interface provides a logical presentation of all of your deployments, services, and other cluster objects, and you can edit and scale your clusters with the click of a button.
The Rancher web interface also offers a simple method for launching apps on your clusters, and it comes packaged with an impressive catalog of curated apps to choose from. These apps can be deployed as individual solutions, or used together in a more complex service architecture.
Under the hood, Rancher leverages the Linode Docker Machine driver to create new cluster nodes on Linode. There’s a lot of technical wizardry that powers this integration, but it’s all in service of making Kubernetes more accessible. If you’re the type of user that wants to be able to drop down into the CLI and dig deep into your Kubernetes manifests, Rancher provides easy ways to do that too.
We’ll be working with Rancher Labs this year to make this experience even better. If you want to deploy Rancher on Linode, we’ve written a guide that walks you through:
- Installing Rancher on a Linode.
- Deploying a Kubernetes cluster on Linode with Rancher.
- Deploying an App from the Rancher App Library to your cluster.
- Introduce you to the advantages of the Linode Cloud Controller Manager and the Linode Container Storage Interface.
If you already have a cluster running on Linode, you can import it into Rancher too. If you’re already a Rancher user, try turning on the Linode integration and testing out a new cluster on our platform. Rancher has built-in support for Multi-Cluster Applications, which can ease the adoption of a multi-cloud strategy that incorporates Linode.
As always, we’d love to hear any feedback you have. If you’d like to participate in the continued development of our Rancher integration, our engineering team is active on both the Rancher Slack, and the Kubernetes Slack (where you’ll find us in the #linode channel).