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Rancher Kubernetes Engine 2 (RKE2)

A Certified Kubernetes Distribution
Built for the U.S. Government

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Leverage the best of RKE and K3s to Automate Your Kubernetes Operations

RKE2 is a certified Kubernetes distribution focused on security to adhere to the robust compliance requirements of the U.S. government. Leveraging the best components of RKE and K3s, RKE2 is easy to install, secure by default, and built to run on mission critical infrastructure whether on prem, in the cloud, or at the edge. RKE2 is Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) enabled, SELinux supported, and the only DISA STIG certified Kubernetes distribution for the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community and civilian agencies.

RKE2 Features:

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DISA STIG Validated

U.S. Government and DoD IT teams can now deploy and use RKE2 on their mission critical networks with the confidence RKE2 meets the highest security standards of DISA. Learn more here: https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_RGS_MCM_V1R2_STIG.zip

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FIPS Certified

RKE2 is the first and only distribution of NIST FIPS-140-2 Kubernetes certified and hosted in the USAF IRONBANK container registry.

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Easy to Install & Operate

RKE2 provides defaults and configuration options that allow clusters to pass the CIS Kubernetes Benchmark v1.6 or v1.23 with minimal operator intervention.

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No Vendor Dependencies
or Lock-In

RKE2 requires no dependency on the Docker container runtime (unlike RKE) and includes a supported containerd runtime. RKE2 is not locked into any specific operating system, tooling, or Kubernetes management platform – not even ours.

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Stay Up to Date

Access all the latest features and functions with RKE2 maintaining close alignment with upstream Kubernetes.

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24x7 Support

RKE2 was built by RGS engineers and whether its 24/7 call center or on-site support, our team is U.S. based and holds active clearances to meet you at your mission.

We value freedom as much as you do. RKE2 is our commitment to a free,
reliable, secure Kubernetes distribution for both enterprises and the open
source community.

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