updated 3/29/2011 8:46:32 AM ET 2011-03-29T12:46:32

HERNDON, Va., March 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePlus inc. (Nasdaq:PLUS) announced today that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., was selected by Surry Community College to design, source, configure, and implement a data center and voice upgrade as well as a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiative.

Surry Community College had four IT initiatives: update an old phone system, upgrade its network to improve reliability and performance, leverage wireless technology access across campuses, and support VDI to better manage PCs throughout numerous facilities. The College chose ePlus to handle the entire scope of the project based on its long-standing strategic partnerships with key manufacturers (including Cisco, VMware, NetApp, and HP), extensive knowledge of required technologies, experience working with institutions of higher education, and a local presence in the North Carolina region.

Surry Community College should receive numerous benefits from the solution, including increased network efficiency and management, improved service delivery to faculty and staff, cost savings and energy conservation, enhanced staff productivity, and better use of grant funding and budget dollars.

"We're pleased to bring a wide range of benefits to Surry Community College through the combined voice, network, wireless, and VDI initiatives. This engagement is an example of the strength that ePlus' comprehensive offering brings to customers—allowing us to leverage our broad technical expertise and partnerships with top manufacturers to support multiple aspects of the IT infrastructure," said Mark Marron, president of ePlus Technology.  

"One of the most compelling factors in our selection of ePlus is having one solution provider for all four IT initiatives, rather than having to manage communication with different providers," said Nate Nixon, chief technology officer at Surry Community College. "With the solution designed and installed by ePlus, we have an IT infrastructure in place to help us work more efficiently and that can leverage additional technology in the future. It is important to work with a company like ePlus, with a local team that provides excellent customer service and delivers consistent support."

For more information about the data center and VDI initiative designed and implemented by ePlus for Surry Community College, read the full case study.

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 a NetApp Star Partner and a leading HP business partner with 12 HP PartnerONE Elite status designations.

About Surry Community College

Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and is located in Dobson, North Carolina. As one of the state's 58 community colleges, it serves Surry and Yadkin counties. Currently, Surry offers 38 programs, 17 diploma programs, and 24 certificate programs, with hundreds of continuing education courses and seminars. The college, under the direction of President Dr. Deborah Friedman, has a mission to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service.

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. 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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