UKFast’s dedicated container platform combines the ease of use of Rancher management with market-leading Kubernetes orchestration and UKFast’s 24/7 support to provide a container hosting platform like no other.
Our dedicated container hosting platform is cloud-based, allowing your business to move fast, deploy software efficiently and rapidly, and operate at an unprecedented scale. It allows your developers to focus on their application logic, and IT operations teams to concentrate on deployment and management – a solution that is sustainable, drives your organisation forward and enables growth.
The Rancher Kubernetes Engine enhances the functionality of Kubernetes, with additional user management, multi-tenancy, and the ability to manage many clusters. It also circumvents the complexity often encountered during Kubernetes setup, operating a marketplace which offers software from a supported library.
There is a growing demand to adopt cloud technology for DevOps. Containers offer a package of software that can be shipped and coincide well with the way DevOps automate and innovate the virtual process. The use of containers supports the three pillars of DevOps practices: flow, feedback and continual learning.
Clients often tell us how their account manager and dedicated pod of technical engineers have become an invaluable extension of their business. We're here for you 24/7/365 and always answer the phone within three rings, whether you've been using containers for years or just getting started.
Containerising your work flow offers a wealth of opportunities to optimise your operations. Free up server resources, speed up application setup and deployment, and enhance overall scalability, agility, reliability and security.
Move applications easily from one hosting solution to another, easily extend functionality to suit your requirements and access logs, allocate resources, minimise disruptions and more. Our container hosting works the way you want, for your unique organisation.
Our custom-built Rancher stack is designed to work on any UKFast platform, whether you have a cloud or dedicated server solution, to provide ultimate flexibility and integration with your workload.
Our five purpose-built data centres are built upon enterprise continuity technology, we aggregate bandwidth from the world’s major suppliers, and all of our servers and circuits are run well below capacity. Our 1.6Tbps network has no single point of failure and so we are confident in our ability to deliver on our 100% network uptime guarantee.
UKFast leverages its fantastic partnerships with leading industry brands to test the latest products and implement the most innovative tech in our own hosting solutions, offering exceptional performance for all environments. Partners include Microsoft, Intel, HPE, Cisco, Citrix, Linux, AWS, Azure, cPanel, Dell, Plesk, Red Hat, Shopware and VMware.
Your server is only ever housed in our exclusively UK-based data centres, which are purpose built to provide 100% data sovereignty and the highest standards of availability, security and performance for your business. UKFast data centres are ISO-certified, PCI DSS-compliant and secured to government IL4 standards, so you can rest assured that your data is secure.
UKFast's container hosting solutions include a minimum of three servers (for compute and storage) - in addition to load balancing capabilities, managed backups and monitoring, around-the-clock support and comprehensive firewall protection.
Our server nodes run CentOS 7 64-bit and are uniformly installed and configured to provide ultimate performance across your entire environment. We then install Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE) on top of the servers to create a Rancher-managed Kubernetes cluster – the orchestration platform which controls Docker and hosts your containers.
Several different components make up the RKE platform, including:
Get clued up on container basics with our What are containers? blog.
Your solution is only ever housed in our government and ISO-certified, ultra-secure data centres managed by security cleared personnel. And as an exclusively UK-based company, hosting with UKFast offers guaranteed data sovereignty. UKFast is a government approved supplier through the G-Cloud 12 framework.