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ePlus Achieves FlexPod Premium Partner Standing to Deliver Solutions Based on FlexPod Design Architecture


HERNDON, VA - June 11, 2012 - ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUS - news) announced today that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has been designated as a FlexPod Premium Partner by Cisco and NetApp to provide solutions and services supporting the FlexPod data center solution. As a FlexPod Premium Partner, ePlus is recognized for its advanced competencies and has passed the certification requirements in supporting customers as a trusted advisor in deploying FlexPod solutions.
 
FlexPod is a pretested and validated solution that combines networking, computing, and storage in a shared infrastructure and supports multiple applications and workloads to help customers accelerate and simplify their transition to the cloud.
 
As a channel partner of Cisco and NetApp, ePlus will be able to assist customers with implementing and configuring virtualized data center solutions based on the validated FlexPod shared infrastructure, as well as help customers develop and adhere to best practices for building and managing best-in-class solutions from Cisco and NetApp. The flexible, scalable shared infrastructure is pretested to lower deployment risk, increase data center efficiencies, and create a flexible information technology (IT) environment to build a private cloud.
 
"We're proud to be acknowledged by Cisco and NetApp with the designation as a FlexPod Premium Partner," said Mark Marron, president of ePlus Technology. "As a leading FlexPod provider in the United States with a full FlexPod Demo Lab, ePlus has proven experience helping our customers deploy FlexPod and achieve many benefits-including reduced complexities, enhanced efficiencies, lower costs, and improved agility-all while protecting their existing technology investments and helping them make informed purchasing decisions."
 
Cisco and NetApp's FlexPod is a validated shared infrastructure that features the Cisco UCS server, Cisco network switches, and NetApp unified storage systems running on Data ONTAP software. The design architecture has been jointly tested and validated as a Cisco Validated Design so ePlus can quickly assess customer needs and deploy integrated solutions from Cisco and NetApp that meet the stringent requirements of their dynamic data centers.
 
ePlus provides an array of cloud services to support the FlexPod shared infrastructure, including a Cloud Readiness Consultation-a systematic approach to unlocking the business value of cloud computing and creating prioritized roadmaps tailored to customers' specific IT architectures. In addition, FlexPod solutions are in use in production data centers around the world.
 
ePlus is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner and a NetApp Star Partner. It has achieved Cisco Master Specializations in Security and Unified Communications as well as Cisco's Cloud Builder designation. ePlus holds Cisco Specializations in Advanced Data Center Architecture, Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure, Advanced Borderless Network Architecture, Advanced Collaboration Architecture, Advanced Routing and Switching, and Advanced Wireless LAN as well as multiple Cisco ATP designations, including Data Center Unified Computing. ePlus also has a team of NetApp Certified Storage Engineers, NetApp Certified SAN Architects, and NetApp Certified Sales Executives. For more information about FlexPod solutions from ePlus as well as its eCloud (or Enterprise Cloud) offering, visit http://www.eplus.com/cloud.htm.
 
About ePlus inc.
 
ePlus is a leading integrator of technology solutions. ePlus enables organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems. Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 800 associates serving federal, state, municipal, and commercial customers nationally. 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, eCloud, 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, our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; 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; 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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