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Rancher Labs and Redapt have launched the industry's first hyper-converged infrastructure platform for containers, greatly simplifying and reducing the cost of building a private container service from scratch.

As the de-facto standard for cloud native workloads, Docker enables vendors like Rancher Labs and Redapt to create purpose-built infrastructure stacks for containerized workloads by defining an application packaging and runtime standard. The companies are working together to leverage containers, enabling the new hyper-converged infrastructure platform that is ideal for simplifying operations, and reducing the cost of running container and cloud workloads.

Rancher Labs' hyper-converged infrastructure for containers is an innovative solution that effectively addresses today's performance and complexity concerns, said Stephen D. Hendrick, principal analyst at ESG. Rancher Labs' stack consists of the Rancher OS, Docker, KVM and persistent storage services with the Rancher container management platform deployed on top. This stack provides an efficient, lightweight and flexible container- based solution to today's complex alternatives.

This hyper-converged infrastructure solution for containers provides the following benefits:

- Built on the latest high-performance hardware: Utilizes Intel x86-based servers and SSD disks

- Support for both virtual machines (VMs) and containers: Runs VMs inside containers and at native speed, offering the same consistent management experience for both

- Powerful resource scheduler: Improves density and utilization of computing resources

- Continued use of familiar DevOps tools: Enables developers to utilize the same familiar native Docker CLI and API, and manage applications following their existing DevOps practices and tools such as Chef, Puppet, SaltStack and Ansible

- Support for Docker orchestration frameworks: Includes support for Compose, Swarm and Kubernetes

- Expanded capacity: Enables developers to expand capacity by registering instances in public clouds as computing resources

- Overlay network mechanism: Provides network isolation and connectivity between containers and VMs running on different hosts

- Support for Persistent Storage Services: Provides a rich set of storage features for stateful containers

Rancher and RancherOS are foundational technologies used to build hyper-converged infrastructure for containers. Rancher is an open source software that makes it simple for organizations to deploy a private container service and deliver Docker orchestration to users. Users are then able to create resource pools from any host, and launch containers or application templates from Rancher's UI or CLI. Users have complete control over how their applications are deployed, and Rancher provides all of the necessary infrastructure services such as networking, load balancing and storage to ensure the application runs seamlessly on any infrastructure. RancherOS is a small footprint Linux distribution built for running Docker containers. The solution runs all system services and user programs as Docker containers. At less than 30MB, it is the smallest and the most secure platform to run Docker in production.

Product Information and Availability

To learn more about Rancher Labs and the company's suite of open source products or sign up for the public beta of Rancher, visit or

About Rancher Labs

Rancher Labs is developing the next generation of cloud software. With its flagship product, Rancher, the company is providing the first open source platform for managing container software in production and at scale. Rancher was founded by the team behind, maker of the Apache CloudStack software, which was acquired by Citrix in 2011.

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