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Curtiss-Wright, Rancher Collaborate on Tactical Edge Kubernetes

Our Bureau - : Apr 18, 2024 - : 11:41 pm

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division has forged a strategic alliance and reseller agreement with Rancher Government Solutions (RGS), a provider of Kubernetes and container management solutions to the U.S. Government. 

This collaboration aims to bring Kubernetes to the tactical edge, enhancing cloud accessibility in challenging environments while ensuring compliance with U.S. Government Security Regulations. It aims to provide warfighters with enterprise-class cloud capabilities, improving workload management and facilitating seamless deployment of applications from the cloud to the edge.

“Our warfighters have come to rely on cloud computing capabilities, but until now, connectivity issues have hindered their availability at the tactical edge. We are very excited to partner with Rancher Government Solutions to bring their secure enterprise-class cloud capabilities hosted on the PacStar® 400-Series platform to the tactical edge for the first time,” said Brian Perry, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Division. 

“We look forward to extending our relationship with Rancher Government Solutions to develop edge solutions for our customer base. Our plans include bringing their technology to additional Curtiss-Wright compute platforms, including the newly released size, weight, and power optimized PacStar 200-Series, the ultra-rugged Parvus® DuraCOR® product family and our broad range of 3U and 6U VPX form factor SOSA aligned solutions.”

“We are proud to be working with Curtiss-Wright to deliver transformational solutions focused on the U.S. Government military and civilian use cases and tailored to the unique demands of the Tactical Edge,” said Ben Zifrony, RVP of Channels and Alliances at Rancher Government Solutions.

“Our combined solutions are not just about adapting to the edge but thriving in it, delivering a cloud-native platform that is secure, scalable, and sustainable, across Curtiss-Wright’s compute platforms and regardless of the operating environment.”

The collaboration will enable PacStar 400-Series tactical communications solutions to host Rancher Multi Cluster Manager (MCM) and Harvester hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) technologies, supporting both container and virtual machine workloads at the tactical edge.

Rancher, as an independent U.S. entity, boasts compatibility with a wide range of containers. Rancher MCM and Rancher’s Kubernetes distribution, RKE2, are aligned with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) standards, ensuring compliance. Additionally, the PacStar hardware solutions are part of the STIG-ready profile. Rancher offers compatibility with leading cloud services, including Amazon EKS, Azure AKS, and Google GKE.


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