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Delivering fast, reliable, and secure cloud connection | NETWORKFIGHTS.COM

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Business agility, lower cost of ownership, and the flexibility to scale up or down quickly. The cloud world is rich with benefits, and growing. According to IDC’s Worldwide IT Industry 2018 Predictions, spending on cloud services and cloud-enabling hardware, software and services will more than double to over $530 billion by 2021.

The cloud is a key enabler of innovation for organizations focused on extending business functions to the cloud to transform business, but it also can increase complexity.

Overcoming common cloud challenges

As a transition to the cloud continues in many enterprises, the network also needs to transform. Enterprise IT must adapt from a traditional IT model, managing on premises and hybrid cloud on-demand network applications and services, and managing costs while driving business outcomes.

In addition to increased complexity, enterprise IT must maintain the security and privacy of  critical data, the delivery of reliable cloud services, loss of speed and data integrity, network integration, and limited or no connectivity.

To help address these challenges, organizations can work with reliable cloud solution providers who can help develop, deploy and deliver fast, reliable cloud solutions and services.

Partnership delivers advanced networking solutions and services

This is where Cisco and Microsoft come in: We are committed to helping our customers navigate through technology transitions with continued innovation.

Aimed at providing fast, reliable, and predictable private connectivity, we are joining together help our customers accelerate secure network connectivity to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform with Azure ExpressRoute, while providing them with the confidence to overcome complex network challenges with centralized solution-level support with Cisco Solution Support.

ExpressRoute is an Azure service that enables customers to establish private network connections to the cloud with greater reliability, faster speeds, predictable latencies, and higher privacy than typical connections over the Internet.

With our customers in mind, Cisco is extending our Solution Support portfolio with a new network practice and offer for Azure ExpressRoute. This new offer for networking targeting the customers on premises network, allows us to leverage our world class networking expertise to assist customers using Cisco networking products and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to connect to the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform. Effectively, we are together creating new synergies across technologies, while at the same time providing more options for our mutual customers seeking to deploy a hybrid cloud strategy.

Customers will receive centralized support from our solution experts who own issue management and resolution of networking issues to ExpressRoute networking with Cisco Solution Support. This enables our customers to quickly resolve issues and get their on premises environments connected to the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

In addition to our new offer available today, we will continue to build on our work together. To learn how you can experience a faster, dedicated connection to Azure cloud services, go to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. For more information on how your business can benefit from Cisco Solution Support, read the IDC White Paper on Cisco Solution Support:  Faster Resolution, Enhancing the Customer Experience and Generating Operational Efficiencies.

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Volkswagen agrees to US$232 million 3.0-liter Canadian emissions settlement | THEVOLKSWAGEN.COM

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Volkswagen AG has agreed to a settlement worth up to US$232 million (CUS$290.5) with owners of vehicles in Canada affected by its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, the automaker said on Friday.

A Volkswagen logo is pictured at the International Auto Show in Mexico City, Mexico November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero

REUTERS: Volkswagen AG has agreed to a settlement worth up to US$232 million (CUS$290.5) with owners of vehicles in Canada affected by its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, the automaker said on Friday.

The agreement provides for cash payments to owners of about 20,000 3.0-liter Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles in Canada and is subject to court approval. The German automaker also agreed to pay a US$2.5 million Canadian dollar civil penalty.

“This is an important milestone towards making things right for all of our customers with affected diesel vehicles in Canada,” Daniel Weissland, president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group Canada, said in a statement.

Last year, in a similar settlement in the United States, VW agreed to spend at least US$1.22 billion to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter engines. It also agreed to pay owners of vehicles who obtained fixes for excess emissions between US$8,500 and US$17,000.

In total, the German automaker has now agreed to spend more than US$25 billion in North American to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, U.S. states and dealers and to make buyback offers. The company said in September it had set aside US$30 billion to address the scandal.

In June 2016, Volkswagen agreed to spend up to US$10 billion to buy back or fix 475,000 2.0-liter U.S. vehicles. Also in 2016, Volkswagen agreed to spend up to US$2.1 billion Canadian dollars to buy back or fix 105,000 polluting 2.0-liter diesels and compensate owners in Canada.

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board approved an emissions fix for 24,000 Audi 3.0-liter passenger cars. The approved fix entails removing defeat device software that reduced emission control effectiveness and replacing certain hardware components.

Previously, U.S. regulators approved a fix for 38,000 other 3.0-liter diesels.

VW, Europe’s biggest automaker, admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software to cheat U.S. diesel emissions tests, sparking the biggest business crisis in its 80-year history.

(Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Tom Brown)