Tigera’s Open Source Calico Selected to Address Kubernetes Network Policy in RKE 2 Clusters

RKE 2 clusters will be able to leverage Project Calico to enforce Kubernetes Network Policy

SAN FRANCISCO, June 01, 2021 – Tigera, a leader in Kubernetes security and observability, today announced that Kubernetes management market leader SUSE has chosen to add open source Calico container network interface (CNI) plugin as an option to Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE) 2, enabling consistent Kubernetes network policy definition and enforcement.

Calico provides highly scalable, high-performance and resource-efficient Kubernetes networking and security that works across multi-cloud and hybrid environments with support for multiple data planes, such as eBPF, Linux and Windows.

“Now users get a single solution for Kubernetes networking and security and the option to add advanced full-stack security and observability functionality that many enterprises want in their Kubernetes deployments,” said Amit Gupta, vice president of product management of Tigera.

Due to be generally available later this year, RKE2 will enable enterprises to deploy Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure, including on premises, cloud, and near edge. Kubernetes’ networking, security, and observability for such deployments are critical to prevent an organization’s exposure to a multitude of security and compliance issues. With Calico integrated as part of RKE2, users can secure, observe, and troubleshoot their Kubernetes environments across multiple data planes.

Also, enterprises can gain additional features in Calico Cloud and Enterprise, which are built on open source Calico, to help address performance hotspots, troubleshoot microservice communication, and do anomaly detection.

“With SUSE’s vision to innovate everywhere and Rancher’s approach toward managing Kubernetes everywhere, Calico accelerates our vision and approach,” said Keith Basil, vice president of product, cloud native infrastructure at SUSE. “Users will benefit from simplified, consistent, networking, security and observability across our Kubernetes platforms with one technology that addresses their needs.”

With Calico, users will be able to configure their RKE2 Kubernetes cluster for both network flow and security policy. Users who also have Calico Cloud and Enterprise subscriptions can also:

  • Create, preview, stage, and deploy networking and security policies across hybrid- and multi-clouds.
  • Evaluate security policies with real-time metrics across tiers and within individual policy rules.
  • Observe point-to-point topographical representation of traffic between namespaces, services, and deployments for faster troubleshooting (Calico Cloud and Enterprise).

To learn more, listen to industry peers by registering for the inaugural Kubernetes Security and Observability Summit—a live virtual event on June 3rd.

About Tigera

Tigera, the inventor and maintainer of open-source Calico, delivers Calico Cloud, the next-generation cloud service for Kubernetes security and observability. Tigera’s Kubernetes native service extends the declarative nature of Kubernetes to specify “security and observability as code,” which ensures consistent enforcement of security policies and compliance and provides observability and troubleshooting across multi-cluster, multi-cloud and hybrid deployments. Tigera’s solution is used by some of the world’s leading companies, including HanseMerkur, Merck, Mindbody, RealPage, L3Harris, Discover, AT&T, and ServiceNow.

Calico Cloud provides native north-south and east-west security controls, enterprise security and compliance controls, observability, and troubleshooting.

Calico Cloud works with popular managed Kubernetes services including AWS EKS, Azure AKS, Google GKE, IBM Cloud, and self-managed Kubernetes distributions including Red Hat OpenShift, SUSE Rancher, VMware Tanzu, and Mirantis.

Project Calico is the most widely adopted solution for Kubernetes networking and security, powering 1M+ nodes daily across 166 countries. Calico is the only solution with a pluggable data plane architecture enabling support for multiple data planes, including standard Linux, eBPF, and Windows.

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