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WekaIO and Rancher Labs Join in a Technology Alliance to Help Enterprises Simplify Kubernetes Deployments

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WekaIO™ (Weka), the innovation leader in high-performance and scalable NVMe-optimized file storage, today announced that Weka File System (WekaFS™), with its Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI) plug-in, has successfully completed interoperability testing with Rancher Labs’ Kubernetes management platform. Together, the companies will offer enterprises an integrated, end-to-end tested solution that enables accelerated DataOps. With this certification, Rancher Labs (now a SUSE company) and Weka have joined each other’s Technology Alliance Partner Programs.

A complete software stack for teams adopting containers, Rancher is a leading choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production. Rancher addresses the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Kubernetes clusters across any infrastructure while providing DataOps teams with integrated tools for running containerized workloads. It is the only product that enables enterprises to deliver Kubernetes-as-a-Service across any infrastructure.

“While Kubernetes enables a common compute platform across any infrastructure and a consistent set of infrastructure capabilities, it can create overhead and risk,” said Jim Sarale, VP Global Channels and Alliances at Rancher Labs. “Rancher enables production-quality Kubernetes everywhere. With more than 76% of enterprises expected to standardize on Kubernetes within three years, having a certified technology partner like Weka better allows us to help customers overcome the challenges of Kubernetes and deliver value from the data center to the cloud to the edge, with at-scale performance.”

WekaFS, the world’s fastest and most scalable parallel file system for data-intensive workloads, addresses the shareability, performance, and portability challenges by providing stateful, reliable storage, allowing seamless deployment on-premises and easy migration to the cloud. Using the WekaFS Kubernetes CSI plugin, organizations now have increased flexibility in how and where they deploy containers while delivering local storage performance and latency. Throughout the system, the WekaFS and Weka Client solutions deliver the speed-to-market required of a cloud-first solution.

“The purpose of any technology alliance program is to develop end-to-end solutions with partners that make life easier for our joint customers,” said Shailesh Manjrekar, Head of AI and Strategic Alliances at WekaIO. “To achieve this goal, we target leading technology providers who add value by creating a solutions ecosystem that enables an agile and accelerated data center for our customers. By partnering with Rancher, we can offer a solution that fulfills the enterprise- and cloud-ready features required of today’s AI/ML container ecosystems. We believe this to be a key step in fulfilling our vision of helping organizations overcome their biggest storage problems with AI- and Cloud-first strategies, while accelerating portability so that they may extract more value from their data, faster.”

Organizations looking to grow their business and build market share by partnering with Weka can apply for the Weka Technology Alliance program at

About Rancher Labs

Rancher Labs delivers open source software that enables organizations to deploy and manage Kubernetes at scale on any infrastructure across the data center, cloud, branch offices, and the network edge. With 37,000 active users and greater than 100 million downloads, their flagship product, Rancher, is the industry’s most widely adopted Kubernetes management platform. For additional information, visit and follow @Rancher_Labs on Twitter. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

About WekaIO

WekaIO (Weka) offers WekaFS, the modern parallel file system that is used by seven of the Fortune 50 enterprise organizations to uniquely solve the newest, biggest problems holding back innovation and discovery. Purpose-built to unlock the full capabilities of today’s accelerated and agile data center, WekaFS is optimized for NVMe-flash and the hybrid cloud. Its modern architecture handles the most demanding storage challenges in the most data-intensive technical computing environments, delivering truly epic performance at any scale, enabling organizations to maximize the full value of their high-powered accelerators—GPUs and FPGAs. Weka helps industry leaders solve big IT infrastructure problems and extract more value from their data faster. For more information, go to

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