New, Free Tool Lets Canadian Small & Medium-Sized Businesses Forecast Cloud Usage and Cost

New feature in CANARIE’s DAIR Cloud helps businesses optimize their product design

[Ottawa, ON]

CloudTracker: New, free tool lets Canadian
SMEs forecast cloud usage and cost


CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the launch of CloudTracker, a free and innovative metrics reporting tool that gives Canada’s tech small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the ability to accurately forecast what their product or service will cost to operate on a commercial cloud. By building and prototyping their products and services on CANARIE’s free DAIR Cloud and using CloudTracker, SMEs can make informed business decisions by evaluating multiple design scenarios.

Cloud computing enables businesses to use virtual computing, network and data storage resources on an as-needed basis, with the flexibility to scale these resources based on their needs at any given time. Qualifying businesses who intend to use the DAIR Cloud for development and testing need only submit a short application. Access to DAIR is granted for one-year, renewable terms. At the end of their DAIR term, most businesses migrate their product or service onto a commercial cloud.

For most SMEs, however, the cost uncertainty of operationalizing their products on a commercial cloud is a significant challenge. Depending on the commercial cloud provider, monthly costs will vary depending on requirements for compute power, storage, and network bandwidth. Using CloudTracker, SMEs can now monitor their projects’ cloud instances for resource utilization and generate historical usage reports. These easy-to-create reports can help to quickly forecast the equivalent costs of running their DAIR-hosted application(s) in a commercial cloud by applying commercial cloud prices. The CloudTracker helps provide a powerful basis to identify the commercial cloud provider whose pricing model best matches the SME’s unique product design and usage patterns.

“We’re excited about offering CloudTracker to the users of the DAIR Cloud,” said Tom Vitez, CANARIE’s Senior Director, Technology Innovation. “We’re hopeful that giving SMEs access to core cloud metrics will help them make the best design and deployment decisions for their business.”

More than 900 businesses across a range of industries have already taken advantage of CANARIE’s DAIR Cloud, which is free to use by Canadian startups and small businesses that have fewer than 500 employees. CANARIE is thankful for its collaboration with Cybera to power DAIR.

CloudTracker is available today. To learn more or to apply to use DAIR, visit

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Director, Communications
(613) 943-5432
[email protected]


CANARIE strengthens Canadian leadership in science and technology by delivering digital infrastructure to support world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians.

Thirteen provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). Canadians at universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories rely on this ultra high-speed network to collaborate in data-intensive, cutting-edge research and innovation within Canada and with colleagues in over 100 countries.

Beyond the network, CANARIE funds and promotes reusable research software tools to accelerate scientific discovery. CANARIE also supports Research Data Canada as it leads national research data management initiatives, and through the Canadian Access Federation, provides identity management services that enable secure, ubiquitous connectivity and content access to the academic community. To boost commercialization in Canada’s technology sector, CANARIE offers cloud resources to startups through its DAIR service, and links a powerful community of public and private sector partners in the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the majority of its funding provided by the Government of Canada.