HERNDON, Va., Oct. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePlus inc. (Nasdaq:PLUS) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has successfully completed a quadruple Cisco audit and received four re-certifications: Gold Partner, Master Unified Communications Specialization, Master Security Specialization, and Managed Services Master Certification. The results of the audit illustrate ePlus' ability to meet rigorous standards for networking competency, service, support, and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco. In addition, ePlus continues to be recognized as a distinguished Cisco Channel Partner with the highest level of unified communications and security expertise, lifecycle services, and success in sales as well as expertise in developing and delivering managed services. "We are delighted with this significant achievement. The results affirm our leading best practices across multiple Cisco advanced technologies and solutions," said Jerry McIntosh, vice president of advanced technology solutions for ePlus Technology. "We have demonstrated the set of skills and capabilities to enable our customers to realize the strategic advantages from integrated and adaptive security solutions as well as improved collaboration and productivity enhancements from unified communications. As a result, our customers can continue to expect excellence in Cisco solution sales, delivery, and managed services." "ePlus' investment in the Cisco Managed Services Master Certification ranks it among an elite group of channel partners with the resources to deploy, manage, and support services for multiple technologies," said Edison Peres, senior vice president of the worldwide channels go-to-market group at Cisco. To achieve the Master Unified Communications Specialization, resale channel partners must first attain the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization. Partners must then meet stringent requirements that demonstrate their master-level sales, technical, and services capabilities. Furthermore, master specialized partners must possess a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements, provide customer references that document Cisco-prescribed design and deployment capabilities, and show evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.
The Cisco Master Security Specialization is designed to recognize an elite group of resale channel partners who have invested in the most in-depth technology skills and have demonstrated success in providing services for Cisco's robust security solutions. These include Cisco Security Agent, Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System (Cisco Security MARS), Network Admission Control, and Cisco IOS® Software.As a Cisco Managed Services Master Certified Partner, ePlus demonstrated the ability to deliver sophisticated solutions, met stringent requirements that reflect a depth of capabilities, and offered at least two managed services using the resources and procedures necessary to deploy, manage, and support Cisco solutions. As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, ePlus has met the requirements for attaining the broadest range of expertise across multiple technologies by achieving the four following Cisco advanced specializations: Unified Communications, Routing and Switching, Security, and Wireless LAN. In addition, ePlus has integrated Cisco Lifecycle Services into its offerings and is required to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit. Cisco resale partner certifications—Gold, Silver, Premier and Select—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner's ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco resale partner specializations—Master, Advanced and Express—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies. ePlus is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner and has achieved Cisco Master Specializations in Security and Unified Communications as well as the Cisco Managed Services Master Certification. In addition, ePlus holds Cisco Specializations in Advanced Routing and Switching, Advanced Data Center Storage Networking, Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure, Advanced Wireless LAN, and Cisco Authorized Unified Meetingplace Partner as well as Cisco Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) designations in Cisco TelePresence, Video Surveillance, and Data Center Unified Computing. For more information about Cisco solutions from ePlus, visit http://www.eplus.com/cisco. About e Plus 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 650 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 email@example.com. ePlus ® and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Cisco, the Cisco logo and Cisco Systems are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.
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.
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