IaaS Provider phoenixNAP Adds SUSE Rancher Integration

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Global Infrastructure as a Service provider phoenixNAP, a company offering cloud infrastructure, bare metal, dedicated servers, and colocation solutions, has launched SUSE Rancher servers within its Bare Metal Cloud (BMC) platform. This integration would allow developers to deploy BMC servers with SUSE Rancher pre-installed for simplified deployment and administration of Kubernetes clusters.

phoenixNAP’s BMC platform is a cloud-native Infrastructure as a Service offering that allows for on-demand physical machine deployment using an API or Infrastructure as Code tools. BMC would make provisioning and managing non-virtualized single-tenant servers designed for DevOps workloads “simple, automated, and configurable.”

Photo Alex Belak, Director of Strategic Alliances at SUSE
“Bare Metal Cloud servers with SUSE Rancher enable development teams to set up a containerized environment faster, spend less time managing it, and realize greater operational efficiencies,” said Alex Belak, Director of Strategic Alliances at SUSE.

DevOps teams can now install, manage, and orchestrate Kubernetes clusters right out of the box with SUSE Rancher on phoenixNAP’s BMC platform. This connection would enable BMC clients to get started with Kubernetes quickly, avoiding the complexity of developing containerized systems from the ground up using various technologies.

“An all-in-one Kubernetes solution on BMC was one of the most requested features, and I am thankful to the SUSE Rancher team for helping us make this a reality for our users,” said Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “Bare Metal Cloud is all about simplicity. By eliminating the unnecessary complexities from bare metal server provisioning, we developed an easy-to-use infrastructure platform that puts the developers’ need for speed and agility first. SUSE Rancher has enabled us to extend that same level of simplicity and agility to Kubernetes deployments on BMC. SUSE Rancher on BMC eliminates the need for developers to waste time on manually setting up containerized environments, but instead allows them to focus on developing and releasing great apps.”

Kubernetes Management

SUSE Rancher, an open-source multi-cluster Kubernetes management platform, would greatly align with phoenixNAP’s aim to remain BMC vendor-agnostic. The open-source nature of SUSE Rancher, as well as its ease of use and industry leading position, were deciding factors in phoenixNAP’s choice to integrate it with their BMC platform.

“All it takes is a couple of clicks to deploy SUSE Rancher servers in BMC,” said William Bell, VP of Products at phoenixNAP. “SUSE Rancher is installed automatically during the provisioning process as an add-on on top of a BMC server. All users have to do is select the location, server instance type, and choose either the Ubuntu or CentOS operating system for it to run on. Once the server is provisioned, the user will have access to a fully functional SUSE Rancher cluster and management server.”

“SUSE Rancher plays such an important role on the market and based on our customers feedback we have taken the necessary steps to include it as a part of our turn-key solutions on our Bare Metal Cloud,” said Martin Wielomski, Director of Product at phoenixNAP. “We aim to assist our clients with simplifying the management of Kubernetes cluster deployments and SUSE Rancher provides tremendous value here. Partnership with SUSE is part of delivering on our promise of providing cutting-edge technologies to improve and simplify our customers infrastructure deployments.”

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Key features of phoenixNAP’s Bare Metal Cloud platform would include:

  • 100% dedicated physical compute and storage resources
  • Direct hardware access, no hypervisors, no resource sharing
  • 20+ server instance types with general-purpose, compute optimized, memory and network optimized options
  • Up to 50 Gbps network capacity for selected BMC instances with DDoS protection included
  • Private networking options; flexible bandwidth packages with free DDoS protection
  • Easy-to-use API and CLI tools
  • Automated server provisioning with Infrastructure as Code tools (Terraform, Ansible, Pulumi, Chef, and Puppet)
  • Pay-per-use billing, monthly and yearly reservation options
  • Global infrastructure footprint with low latency network access

“Both SUSE and phoenixNAP are on a mission to transform the way infrastructure is consumed. Bare Metal Cloud servers with SUSE Rancher enable development teams to set up a containerized environment faster, spend less time managing it, and realize greater operational efficiencies,” said Alex Belak, Director of Strategic Alliances at SUSE. “We are excited to work with the phoenixNAP team on building a solution that will help organizations modernize their infrastructure and leverage the benefits of API-driven environments.”

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