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ePlus Technology Selected by Charter Oak State College for Unified Communications and Managed Services


HERNDON, VA - January 5, 2012 - ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUS - news) announced today that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has been selected by Charter Oak State College, Connecticut's public online college for adults seeking to complete bachelor's degrees, for a Cisco Unified Communications (UC) and Managed Services deployment.
 
ePlus worked closely with Charter Oak to analyze its business objectives and technical requirements, including considerations for internal and external customers, telecommuters, and Help Desk needs. ePlus was engaged for pre-sales design, project management, installation, and end user training. The solution includes Cisco Unified Communications comprised of Contact Center, Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA), and WebEx along with a three-year ePlus Managed Services contract to monitor and manage all UC and security components.
 
"We chose to work with ePlus on this initiative based on our long-term relationship, ePlus' expertise with both Cisco UC technologies and its established Managed Services practice, and ePlus' ability to understand our requirements-including integration with our existing network, scalability and high availability, and budgetary needs," said George Claffey, Charter Oak's chief information officer. "The solution designed and implemented by ePlus will allow us to attract and retain students and provide unparalleled customer service for our growing population of online students."
 
Ed Klonoski, president of Charter Oak said, "Charter Oak prides itself in providing world-class customer service to its students. We are excited to create a collaborative environment for students, faculty, and staff through voice, chat, and interactive video conference solutions. This new technology allows our college to respond to today's student requirements while providing a framework to meet the student needs of tomorrow."
 
"We are pleased to extend our working relationship with Charter Oak through this Cisco Unified Communications and ePlus Managed Services engagement," said Mark Melvin, chief technology officer of ePlus Technology. "By leveraging our experience and proven track record of delivering Cisco solutions to institutions in the Higher Education space and the Connecticut procurement contract, we are able to pass many benefits along to the College, including cost savings, improved staff productivity, and an enhanced student experience. With the addition of ePlus Managed Services, the College enjoys proactive monitoring and management of its UC and security infrastructure with minimized risk and downtime-at a predictable cost and without an added burden on its IT staff."
 
ePlus is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner and has achieved Cisco Master Specializations in Security and Unified Communications as well as the Cisco Managed Services Master Certification. In addition, ePlus holds Cisco Specializations in Advanced Routing and Switching, Advanced Data Center Storage Networking, Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure, Advanced Wireless LAN, and Cisco Authorized Unified Meetingplace Partner as well as Cisco ATP designations in Cisco TelePresence Video Master, Video Surveillance, and Data Center Unified Computing. For more information about Cisco solutions from ePlus, visit http://www.eplus.com/cisco.
 
About Charter Oak State College
 
 
As an online institution, Charter Oak strives to leverage technology to reduce the physical distance between the College and its students. The college offers 16 workforce relevant degree programs that can be completed online, including Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Public Safety Administration among others. Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is part of the state of Connecticut's public system of higher education. Founded in 1973, the College has over 11,000 alums.
 
About ePlus inc.
 
ePlus is a leading provider of technology solutions. ePlus enables organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods. Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 750 associates in 20+ locations serving federal, state, municipal, and commercial customers. The Company is headquartered in Herndon, VA. For more information, visit http://www.eplus.com/, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com.
 
ePlus and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
 
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements." Actual and anticipated future results may vary materially due to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, possible adverse effects resulting from the recent financial crisis in the credit markets and general slowdown of the U.S. economy such as our current and potential customers delaying or reducing technology purchases, increasing credit risk associated with our customers and vendors, reduction of vendor incentive programs, and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; significant adverse changes in, reductions in, or losses of relationships with major customers or vendors; the demand for and acceptance of, our products and services; our ability to adapt our services to meet changes in market developments; the impact of competition in our markets; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; our ability to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; and other risks or uncertainties detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and ePlus undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information.

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