DAIR – Practical Lessons in Cloud Computing

CANARIE’s Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) pilot provided Canadian Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the IT sector access to cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) compute and storage resources for product development and test.

The DAIR pilot, run in advance of the full program and completed in March 2012, demonstrated the SME demand to create a competitive advantage through investment in IaaS cloud services.  As a precursor to the full DAIR program, the pilot was instrumental in verifying not only the need for the DAIR test-bed, but also the type of services required, the amount and signature of resources consumed, and use cases.

In his presentation, Mark will discuss exactly what IaaS is, using DAIR as the example.  With this common understanding, Mark will then provide an analysis of the DAIR pilot, including statistics and real-world results in cloud computing.  This information is being used to shape the full DAIR program, as it expands to encompass more users from small businesses, ICT researchers, and researchers at multinational corporations.

Come and learn how CANARIE is shaping this innovative program to stimulate the information and communications technologies sector in Canada and provide a competitive edge to Canada’s digital entrepreneurs.


Mark Wolff, Senior Director, Technology Innovation, CANARIE

Mark started with CANARIE in 2011, responsible for defining and implementing new network service offerings for CANARIE’s user communities, including Canadian higher education and research, but also Canadian small and medium-sized IT enterprises. Among these programs is DAIR (Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research) which supports Canadian tech innovators and entrepreneurs by providing access to the high-capacity CANARIE Network, WiFi facilities, and cloud compute and storage resources.

Previous to CANARIE, Mark worked as a director and executive in telecommunication equipment research and development for such companies as Newbridge Networks, Alcatel, and Meriton Networks, as a founder and entrepreneur in mobile device multimedia, and as a management consultant. Mark has degrees in Commerce and Electrical Engineering.





Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Mercredi 2 mai 2012


Labatt Hall (1700 chambre)


Kathryn Anthonisen,Vice-President, Marketing, CANARIE