# Solution overview

This Reference Configuration for Rancher on HPE SimpliVity is part of an overall solution from Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The solution playbooks deploy Rancher on a highly available Kubernetes admin cluster and a number of supporting nodes external to the cluster, for load balancing and DHCP services. The playbooks also deploy an example user cluster with optional CSI storage (Solution configuration).

Kubernetes is an orchestration system for managing container-based applications. Kubernetes empowers developers to utilize new architectures like microservices and serverless that require developers to think about application operations in a way they may not have before. These software architectures can blur the lines between traditional development and application operations (Kubernetes overview).

Rancher is a complete software stack for teams adopting containers. It addresses the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Kubernetes clusters across any infrastructure (bare metal, private clouds, public clouds or vSphere), while providing DevOps teams with integrated tools for running containerized workloads (Rancher overview).

HPE SimpliVity is an enterprise-grade hyper-converged platform uniting best-in-class data services with the world's best-selling server (HPE SimpliVity overview).