SUSE Acquires Kubernetes Management Platform Provider, Rancher Labs

Rancher Labs

Open source company SUSE, focused on delivering cloud-native solutions, has acquired another open source company, Rancher Labs – a market leader in Kubernetes Container Management. The acquisition of Rancher Labs is the first step in SUSE’s inorganic growth strategy since becoming a fully independent software company in March 2019.

SUSE, a market leader in Enterprise Linux, Edge Computing and AI, and Rancher, a market leader in Kubernetes Container Management, are focused on delivering computing everywhere with the latest AI and “seamless” deployment of containerized workloads from the edge to the core to the cloud. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Melissa Di Donato
“Only the combination of SUSE and Rancher will have the depth of a globally supported and 100% true open source portfolio, including cloud native technologies, to help our customers seamlessly innovate across their business from the edge to the core to the cloud,” said Melissa Di Donato, CEO of SUSE.

“This is an incredible moment for our industry, as two open source leaders are joining forces. The merger of a leader in Enterprise Linux, Edge Computing and AI with a leader in Enterprise Kubernetes Management will disrupt the market to help customers accelerate their digital transformation journeys,” said Melissa Di Donato, CEO of SUSE. “Only the combination of SUSE and Rancher will have the depth of a globally supported and 100% true open source portfolio, including cloud native technologies, to help our customers seamlessly innovate across their business from the edge to the core to the cloud.”

SUSE customers would benefit from the “robust” capabilities of Rancher’s cloud-native technologies, named by Forrester Wave as a leader in Enterprise Container Platform Software. Rancher’s customers will on the other hand gain access to SUSE’s global support network and broad open source portfolio.

“Rancher and SUSE will help organizations control their cloud native futures,” said Sheng Liang, CEO of Rancher. “Our leading Kubernetes platform with SUSE’s broad open source software solutions creates a powerful combination, enabling IT and Operations leaders worldwide to best meet the needs of their customers wherever they are on their digital transformation journey from the data center to cloud to edge.”

True Open Source Technologies

With its heritage in open source technology, SUSE says it remains committed to delivering 100% true open source technologies with no vendor lock-in. Sharing this ethos, Rancher Labs would continue its strategy to be open and support multiple Kubernetes distributions and operating systems.

“Our vision to enable better futures and measurable value for our customers and partners is what guides our decisions and drives our growth,” added Di Donato. “This acquisition enhances our ability to offer a more comprehensive portfolio, greater customer choice and no vendor lock-in. It will also enable us to play an even more strategic role with cloud service providers, independent hardware vendors, systems integrators and value-added resellers who are eager to provide greater customer experiences.”

The deal is expected to close before the end of October 2020, subject to customary closing conditions including receipt of regulatory approvals.

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