updated 3/1/2011 8:46:49 AM ET 2011-03-01T13:46:49

HERNDON, Va., March 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePlus inc. (Nasdaq:PLUS) announced today that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has joined the Vblock partner ecosystem, a community of partners that are qualified to augment, resell, and deliver VCE's Vblock Infrastructure Platform. VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC, with investments from VMware and Intel, creates industry leading solutions for converged infrastructure and private clouds. Now ePlus can help customers accelerate their adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models to dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving their time to market.

ePlus qualifies as a Vblock Qualified Partner through its investment in technical certifications and partner designations for the Cisco, EMC, and VMware products that comprise the Vblock Infrastructure Platform.

"We're delighted to be named a Vblock Qualified Partner," said Mark Marron, president of ePlus Technology.  "This VCE certification validates our commitment, expertise, and continuing investments in cloud computing and our mature virtualization practice. Being authorized to deliver Vblock solutions—along with our other eCloud (or Enterprise Cloud) offerings, including Cloud Readiness Assessment Services, Cloud Automation and Management Tools, and Cloud Support Services—we can help customers reduce complexity, enable flexible and agile IT service delivery, and significantly lower costs. Combining Vblock architecture with our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) expertise enables organizations to streamline their desktop infrastructures and develop client computing models better tailored to their business needs."

"VCE's Vblock Infrastructure Platform helps customers embrace the benefits of virtualization and converged infrastructure adoption, including business enablement and fast deployment, IT budget savings, enhanced management and control of IT resources, and increased responsiveness, scalability, and automation," said Pete Koliopoulos, Channel Development, VCE.

The Vblock Infrastructure Platform is the industry's first completely integrated, tested, and validated IT infrastructure offering that combines best-in-class virtualization, networking, computing, storage, and management technologies with end-to-end vendor accountability. Vblock supports a broad range of operating systems and applications that enable customers to rapidly migrate existing applications to a virtualized environment.

ePlus is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner with Cisco Master specializations in Security and Unified Communications as well as the Cisco Managed Services Master Certification in addition to many Cisco advanced specializations and authorizations. ePlus is a Premier-level partner in the VMware Partner Network and holds VMware Solution Competencies in Infrastructure Virtualization, Business Continuity, and Desktop Virtualization. ePlus is also an EMC Premier Velocity Partner certified to design and implement EMC Celerra networked storage systems. For more information about ePlus' eCloud, which includes Vblock, visit http://www.eplus.com/ecloud .

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 690 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. VMware is a registered trademark and/or trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. 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, the possibility of additional goodwill impairment charges, and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; 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 personnel; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; our ability to raise capital and obtain non-recourse financing for our transactions; our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; 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.

CONTACT: Kleyton Parkhurst, SVP
         ePlus inc.
         kparkhurst@eplus.com
         703-984-8150

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