This guest blog post is provided by CANARIE. CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada's research, education and innovation communities. Funded by its members and the Government of Canada, CANARIE keeps our country at the forefront of research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE's Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program leverages Canada's investment in the CANARIE research and education network to accelerate product development and market competitiveness of Canadian SMEs.

DAIR helps Canadian entrepreneurs develop new products and services via free access to cloud-based computing and storage resources. In lay terms, cloud computing provides a means to access computing, software and data storage technologies in a utility or subscription-type service over a network; typically the Internet but private networks as well. While many well-known companies are built on these technologies, cloud computing's flexible, on-demand nature is also ideally suited for SMEs who need reliable pay as you go infrastructure that can rapidly scale to meet the demands of growing businesses without tying up scarce capital or human resources.

By participating in DAIR you can:

  • Rev up product development and get to market faster
  • Reduce your product development costs
  • Show your prototype quickly to potential customers and investors
  • Have the freedom and flexibility to experiment in your design and development, to discover the optimal way to build your product

Nearly 350 Canadian companies developing applications covering a wide range of industry sectors — e-commerce, healthcare, education, security, gaming, social media to name just a few — have used DAIR to move their ideas from concept to commerce.

“I cannot imagine what or where I would be, if we didn't use the DAIR program. Providing this service is driving innovation, by allowing entrepreneurs & SMEs, the backbone of our economy, to access top of the line IT infrastructure — unlike any other kind I've seen or heard of, internationally.” Adreece Akrouche, Co-Founder, Proxishop

“The DAIR program was excellent for us. With it we were able to build a scalable cloud solution capable of expanding elastically to handle peak hours with a large number of concurrent requests. We have since moved to a commercial cloud and are ready to go to market with a robust product...” Roanne Levitt, Vice President, PERCEIVE Solutions

The message is “Every company needs to be a tech company” to leverage the capabilities of the global internet to grow their businesses.

Fueling this transformation, cloud computing can help your small business harness the opportunities to develop new goods and services, gain insights from customer interactions and reach global markets.

To learn more and to apply, visit