Using Rancher as Kubernetes Dashboard and Cluster Management for Developers
March 30, 2022

Using Rancher as Kubernetes Dashboard and Cluster Management for Developers

Marcello Teodori | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SUSE Rancher

We needed a web dashboard software for our AWS EKS development clusters on Kubernetes with granular user access connected to our SSO and as we had been using in the past Rancher 1 successfully in pre-Kubernetes days it was good to investigate the new Rancher completely built for Kubernetes. The tool is invaluable and the user interface is so easy that also our more technically minded Product Managers can use it. It also unifies authentication for command-line access for kubectl and provides its own command-line tool for developers who prefer not to use the web interface.
  • Unified kubectl Authentication with SSO across clouds
  • rancher CLI for developers and integration in CI/CD
  • Easy web UI to access pod logs and modify images used
  • Deeper integration with Kubernetes Cluster API to allow upgrading clusters
  • Integration with Rancher Desktop to promote workloads
  • SSO Integration for Cluster Management and kubectl
  • Made much easier adopting Kubernetes in development
  • Full visibility of CI/CD environment status to developers for self service troubleshooting
As we use only AWS EKS Clusters originally we were using the AWS Console and CLI but that is too limited in scope. Also, we were using AWS IAM roles to provide access to users but that was lots of extra work to have them integrated into SSO while on Rancher we have just connected our GitHub login with the Alfresco organization and that uses, in turn, Okta for SSO so provisioning for access is automatic for any developer who has been assigned to GitHub.

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When managing multiple development clusters it's extremely useful, especially with multiple cloud providers. We haven't used it for cloud production workloads yet where security assessment to match certifications is required and cloud operations should assess if they find it as useful as developers do.

Using SUSE Rancher

100 - Developers and Product Managers
4 - DevOps Engineer