Australian Research Container Orchestration Service (ARCOS) (External organisation)

Quenette, S. (Chair/Co-Chair), Paul Coddington (Member), Steve Manos (Member), Mark Gray (Member), Ryan Fraser (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board


Containers are sometimes described as a computer within a computer which allow researchers to run software without installation, saving time and effort. Kubernetes is the emerging open source standard for deploying and managing scalable and portable container-based cloud-native applications. It has become the most commonly-used approach for multi-cloud application deployment. This enables communities to develop tools that can be deployed where the community member has container friendly resources.

The Australian Research Container Orchestration Service (ARCOS) seeks to emulate the transformational impact of the ARDC (OpenStack) Core Services competency by establishing a Kubernetes Core Service. The ARDC’s Compute and Storage theme in conjunction with the national community are developing the requirements of ARCOS.

ARCOS will involve a national team of experts in Kubernetes. It includes supporting related open source software for cloud native computing, engaging with the international Kubernetes and Cloud Native Computing communities to ensure Kubernetes is developed to meet Australia's needs, establish an innovation and operational best practices amongst the national stakeholders, and co-operate on developing part of the national technical eResearch ecosystem.
PeriodApr 2020 → …
Held atAustralian Research Container Orchestration Service (ARCOS), Australia
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • kubernetes
  • cloud native
  • containers