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ePlus Receives Global Award for Cloud Builder of the Year at Cisco Partner Summit 2014

 Receives Four Additional Awards, including Commercial Partner of the Year, Americas
HERNDON, VA - April 1, 2014 - ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUS - news) today announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has received a Cisco Partner Summit Global award, recognized as Cloud Builder of the Year.  Cisco revealed the winners at a Global Awards reception during its annual partner conference taking place this week in Las Vegas.
In addition to the Global Award, ePlus also received the following Cisco Partner Summit awards:
  • Commercial Partner of the Year, Americas
  • Architectural Excellence - Collaboration, US/Canada: East
  • Cisco Meraki Elevate East Partner of the Year, US/Canada: East
  • SLED Partner of the Year, US/Canada: West
Awarded to exemplary channel partners, the Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are designed to recognize best-in-class business practices and serve as a model to the industry.  Areas of consideration include innovative practices, application successes, unique programs, problem solving, and sales approaches.
"Cisco is privileged to work alongside the most talented channel partners in the industry, and we remain committed to our partners' success," said Edison Peres, senior vice president, Worldwide Channels, Cisco. "We are honored to name ePlus as Cloud Builder of the Year, to acknowledge their outstanding achievements."
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Cisco with such a prestigious and meaningful award as Global Cloud Builder of the Year," said Phillip G. Norton, chairman, CEO, and president of ePlus.  "This achievement is a direct reflection of the success we've had in enabling our customers' transformation to the cloud and empowering them to optimize their data center and network operations."
"We are also proud to be acknowledged as Cisco's Commercial Partner of the Year, Americas in addition to the regional awards we earned in key geographic markets and verticals.  We are committed to providing solutions and support that our customers seek in the mid-market and SLED space.  We look forward to working alongside Cisco as we expand our cloud strategy and bring innovative business outcomes to our joint customers," Mr. Norton continued.
Cisco Partner Summit Global awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across all geographical regions.  All award recipients are selected by a group of Cisco Worldwide Partner Organization and regional executives.
ePlus is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner with Cisco Master Specializations in Security, Unified Communications, and Cloud Builder as well as the Cisco Managed Services Master Certification.  In addition, 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 Content Security.  ePlus also holds Cisco ATP designations in Data Virtualization, TelePresence Video Master, Video Surveillance, Identity Services Engine, and Data Center Unified Computing as well as Authorized Service Provider Video Partner status and Authorized Digital Media System Partner status.  ePlus has consistently been recognized by Cisco for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction.  For more information about Cisco solutions from ePlus, visit www.eplus.com/cisco.
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 900 associates serving federal, state, municipal, and commercial customers nationally.  The Company is headquartered in Herndon, VA.  For more information, visit www.eplus.com, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com. Connect with ePlus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ePlusinc and on Twitter at twitter.com/eplus.   
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.
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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 financial market disruption 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; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; the possibility of goodwill impairment charges in the future; 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; our ability to implement comprehensive plans for the integration of sales forces, cost containment, asset rationalization, systems integration and other key strategies; our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; our ability to secure our electronic and other confidential information; future growth rates in our core businesses; our ability to protect our intellectual property; the impact of competition in our markets; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; our ability to adapt to changes in the IT industry and/or rapid change in product standards; our ability to realize our investment in leased equipment; 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.


Kley Parkhurst, SVP
ePlus inc.

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