Container management provider Rancher Labs has announced the latest version of its open-source Kubernetes management platform.

According to the company, Rancher 2.1 introduces next-generation capabilities for automatic cluster operations and application management. It also adds a migration path for organizations moving from the company’s Cattle orchestrator to Rancher Kubernetes.

A key new feature of the release is that it now enables users to define and manage Kubernetes clusters as code. It also allows users to take a snapshot and export the complete configuration of Kubernetes clusters and then restore those Kubernetes clusters later from that file.

In addition, the solution now integrates with authentication providers such as PingID, Microsoft Active Directory Federation Server, OpenLDAP, Keycloak, FreeIPA, and Azure Active Directory.

It introduces a simple process for admins to drain and cordon nodes from managed Kubernetes clusters.

Rancher 2.1 also adds support for project-level quotas and improved support for help charts. This release features improvements to ingress management and improved logging and alerting functionality as well.

In addition, this release offers and expanded Command Line Interface and DevOps tooling, as well as support for GitLab.

“With Rancher 2.1, we’re providing key upgrades to the product that further enables any enterprise to embrace Kubernetes and accelerate development, reduce infrastructure costs and improve application reliability,” said Sheng Liang, CEO and co-founder of Rancher Labs.