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ePlus Announces ePlus Intelligent Branch an SD-WAN 'As a Service' Solution

New software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) ‘As a Service’ offering improves customer experience and advances business continuity and enables clients to roll out branch offices and applications more quickly
HERNDON, VA – October 11, 2016 – ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUSnews) today announced that businesses which need secure WAN transport for cloud environments and branch locations can tap ePlus’ new Intelligent Branch solution, which is ideal for organizations with 10 or more branches. This new service allows customers to deliver as much as 20 times more bandwidth to branches while reducing connectivity costs by up to 60% and facilitating business continuity.
“Customer experience is the new competitive competency in today’s digital economy,” said Mike Trojecki, ePlus vice president for Business Transformation. “A vast majority of customer experiences take place in branch locations but many organizations struggle to balance the rapidly evolving needs of these offices, stores, campuses or other facilities against flattening WAN budgets.  ePlus Intelligent Branch enables customers to securely expand their WAN with Internet connectivity and dynamically route traffic for each business application with an ‘As a Service’ model that pairs financial flexibility with ePlus Managed Services.”
As video, cloud-based applications, and mobile devices grow in influence, clients are exploring ways to maximize the user experience across their organizations without compromising security and business continuity for business-critical applications. With annual global IP traffic predicted to reach 1.1 ZB (zettabyte) by end of 20161 and one hour of a critical application failure estimated at $16 million each year2, the risks are higher than ever. Application performance is critical—especially as WAN environments evolve to support cloud computing.
ePlus Intelligent Branch provides visible WAN transport at the branch edge with security and application visibility that pinpoints the location, scale, and scope of user experience issues. This feature baselines the network and applications for performance and monitors quality of service to accelerate troubleshooting and avoid network brownouts.
“ePlus Intelligent Branch does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to SD-WAN, but is customized to the client’s needs,” says Kevin Detsch, senior vice president for Business Development at ePlus. “For example, we can offer service-provider connectivity at a competitive price or adjust levels of support and financing so clients aren’t locked into a narrow product that won’t meet their needs over time.”
ePlus Intelligent Branch is supported by ePlus Managed Services for business continuity and simplifies day-to-day IT management for clients. “Alternative networking technologies such as MPLS do not provide consistent uptime,” said Dan Farrell, ePlus senior vice president of Services. “By delivering ePlus Intelligent Branch as a managed solution, we can monitor, control, and proactively manage the solution to help mitigate risk. This should allow clients to accelerate time to market for their business initiatives, reduce costs, and improve their overall customer experience with SD-WAN technology.”
About ePlus Managed Services
ePlus Managed Services help enterprises cost-effectively monitor, control, and proactively manage their IT infrastructure, and off-load a significant burden of day-to-day IT tasks to optimize internal IT operations and mitigate risk.  ePlus has delivered Managed Services for more than 10 years to a wide range of customers across multiple industry verticals through its 24/7/365 Managed Services Centers.  Visit www.ePlus.com/ManagedServices/Pages/default.aspx for more information.
To read more information on ePlus Intelligent Branch, please visit http://www.eplus.com/infrastructure/Pages/Intelligent-Branch.aspx
About ePlus inc.
ePlus is an engineering-centric technology solutions provider that helps organizations imagine, implement, and achieve more from their technology.  With the highest certifications from top technology partners and expertise in key technologies from data center to security, cloud, and collaboration, ePlus transforms IT from a cost center to a business enabler.  Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 1,000 associates serving a diverse set of customers nationally, and in Europe.  The Company is headquartered at 13595 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA, 20171.  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 www.twitter.com/ePlus.   ePlus. Where Technology Means More®.
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[1] Cisco, “Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI),” Global IP Traffic to Reach 1.1 ZB Per Year By End 2016, June 2, 2016, (U.S.)
[2] Veeam, “2016 Veeam Availability Report,” Application Downtime Costing Enterprises $16M Each Year, February 17, 2016  (U.S.)


Kley Parkhurst, SVP
ePlus inc.

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