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Rancher

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Rancher is an open-source platform for managing containers that provides a full set of infrastructure services for containers, including networking, storage services, host management and load balancing, work across any infrastructure, and make it simple to reliably deploy and manage applications.

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Rancher review by Ajay G.
Ajay G.
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"Product Review - Rancher"

What do you like best?

Best part of Rancher is Rancher2.0 which is totally kubernetes and there is no need to setup manual kubernetes otherwise the documentation of kubernetes is very bad to setup.

Rancher provides lot of orchestration engine supports as well like Mesos, Cattle, Docker Swarm.

Rancher 2.0 has enabled the pipelines options as well which supports Github as well as Gitlab which is kinda out of box solution

What do you dislike?

Whenever the load increases, the performance degraded. Web sockets are not really reliable in Rancher UI due to which sometimes we are not able to open a shell on the Rancher UI for containers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Every Company which is handling lot of different teams and they want a isolated environment for every team . Lets say for every project as well. They should use rancher as it has various layers of Isolation starting from environment then Project then Kubernetes Namespaces.

Other best thing, For running docker containers you don't have to go via Command Line. You can do everything via UI which is like User friendly. Various operations like ssh into Container, start container, read logs , etc..

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to host multiple environments(Multiple Kubernetes Clusters isolated for each Team) on a single platform so that it can be easy to manage from a single platform otherwise we have to go to different tools and have to setup that

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Rancher review by Brian D.
Brian D.
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"Container Orchestration Without the Headache"

What do you like best?

Hard to pick one thing I like best because the beauty of Rancher lies in how well it ties together many different features to make up one of the most complete, usable container orchestration platforms available. In particular, the API is very intuitive for building custom tooling against, and the UI gives me a complete view of my infrastructure from the container level down to the hardware itself.

What do you dislike?

After continued use, the web UI can become extremely slow to the point that I have to close my browser and re-open it in order to perform basic administration tasks. This has been a source of frustration, but my understanding is that newer versions of Rancher have addressed this (we currently run v1.2).

Recommendations to others considering the product

The current major release of Rancher (2.0 at this time) is built exclusively on top of Kubernetes. If you are considering Rancher, I would recommend becoming familiar with Kubernetes administration as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rancher is our go-to control panel for simple, failsafe container deployments. We initially chose Rancher because it allowed us the flexibility to switch between many different container scheduling platforms (Mesos, Swarm, Kubernetes, and Cattle). As all of these solutions were very new, this flexibility gave us the confidence to move to a container-based infrastructure without the fear that we were investing in a container scheduling platform that might soon become obsolete. I do believe that v2+ of Rancher only integrates with Kubernetes, however I don't see this as a loss of flexibility as much as an indication that it has become a clear winner among the previously supported platforms. Since adopting Rancher, we've seen a significant reduction in downtime, since healthchecks and automatic rescheduling keep our systems healthy with very little manual intervention.

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Rancher review by Nischay G.
Nischay G.
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"Product Review - Container Management Platform"

What do you like best?

Rancher is one of the best tool I used for Container management. The best part is Rancher 2.0 which is totally kubernetes.

Ease of setup:- You don't have to manually follow the steps to install kubernetes Cluster. Just run the rancher server and it will setup the whole cluster for you which is nothing but kubernetes.

Multiple Teams:- You can onboard multiple teams on this and can manage different clusters easily which can be (Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Mesos) .

You can easily achieve High Availability for the applications due to which you will there will be zero downtime for the application

What do you dislike?

I find websockets sometimes create a problem in Rancher UI and person is not able to execute shell on the UI. Sometimes not able to view the logs on the Rancher UI for different containers.

Another thing, Inactive Environments degrades the performance of the Rancher due to long running queries which increases the pressure on the Database

Recommendations to others considering the product

Big companies should use this Container Management Platform if they are dealing with lot of different teams and they want a isolated infrastructure environment for them.

For a POC as well, it will not take much more time as it's easy to setup

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to create a single platform for the multiple teams to manage the containers and can do the orchestration in a manner so that we can achieve High Availability, Canary Release, Service Discovery , Auto Scaling kind of features to our applications.

Rancher review by Peter W.
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"Best containerization software around"

What do you like best?

Rancher supports a number of systems that other containerization software does not.

Nodes are set out in an easy to read way, and the other views provide a lot of information.

Creating containers was much simpler than the other software products I've used, with plenty of useful features, like 'Health check'.

Rancher is open source, so does not cost anything

What do you dislike?

Installation and set-up was time and people consuming.

The sheer amount of features on offer may be off putting to new users.

More network information would have been good, such as CPU and RAM specs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very feature rich, so set some time out to train users on how to use the system correctly. It's also time consuming to instal / set up for the first time. Other than that Rancher will do everything you need it to!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Rancher for our main containers and clusters, as it provides much more functionality in comparison with the other products available.

Since Rancher is open source, the product is totally free, saving the University money!

Rancher review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Rancher brings all your docker containers and hosts into one manageable place!"

What do you like best?

Rancher seems to be one of many few products which can bring docker hosts into one manageable interface and provides the ability to deploy stack's as opposed to just individual containers.

You can provide dockers at service level and not worry so much about the infrastructure behind them and is more of a service offering.

Its very easy to setup. The best bit I love is all you need to do is execute one command on any hosts you want to bring into rancher and docker automatically downloads and runs an 'Agent' image and automatically connects to your rancher host. From here you can even go out through firewalls as its client to server connection. A brilliant way of implementing such tool!

What do you dislike?

There isn't a great deal to dislike but over anything it would be that i've not found a way to move a container from one host to another - now that would be cool! Even better if it were drag and drop :) but otherwise its brilliant.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rancher has provided a brilliant ability to implement multiple hosts and manage them all within one infrastructure. Even Rancher can run inside one of the hosts its managing! In my opinion this has to be the leading tool for docker users.

Rancher review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"A great tool for getting into docker orchestration"

What do you like best?

How easy Rancher was to get up and running. At the time we started using Rancher it had just reached 1.0 GA, and comparatively all of the other tools available like Docker Swarm seemed unnecessarily complex and more trouble than they were worth to use.

Rancher was easy to get setup, reliable, and made container orchestration a breeze.

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to dislike about Rancher. The high-availability feature could use some work. According tot the official docs as of version 1.5.x, there is still the following caveat when upgrading an HA Rancher server: "NOTE: When upgrading an HA setup, the Rancher server setup will be down during the upgrade." It seems like some work could be done to make the HA environment truly HA during the upgrade process.

Compared to other orchestration tools like, Kubernetes, it lacks some of the auto-scaling capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rancher helped us increase our deployment time for new application versions. This has helped us innovate faster and deliver new features and/or bug fixes at a much quicker rate while utilizing the benefits on containers.

Rancher review by Jason N.
Jason N.
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"Rancher is almost there"

What do you like best?

The Rancher interface is what sets it apart. Managing hosts, containers, and services is fairly intuitive.

What do you dislike?

There are still a few bugs here and there. Networking between the Rancher master and hosts sometimes becomes disconnected for no explicable reason. Re-registering the host is usually required. Rancher could also be a little more smart about balancing containers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You may want to wait until Rancher 2.0 when first class support for Kubernetes is added.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rancher allows us to deploy and manage our applications in docker containers.

Rancher review by Ross A. B.
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"Great UI - Expanding "

What do you like best?

Simple, clean UI that delivers relevant information.

Easy to set up and manage, even manages multiple locations cleanly.

What do you dislike?

Health checks, failovers, and alerting still have some room for growth. Can bake some precautions into the containers, but meta information isn't readily/easily accessible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As Rancher continues to move to a kubernetes backbone - this product should continue to improve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing the VM's for our core and auxiliary web site services

Rancher review by Administrator in Research
Administrator in Research
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"kubernetes management tool"

What do you like best?

that is able to integrate with kubernetes and manage all its clusters

What do you dislike?

the port assignment is not consistent with software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ONAP deployment

Rancher review by Administrator
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"Network automation "

What do you like best?

Concise and clear use cases and definitions

What do you dislike?

Slow and crashes sometimes on heavy usage

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Container orchestration and management

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