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ePlus Selected by Surry County Public Schools for a Complete Collaboration Solution

August 26, 2014

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePlus inc. (Nasdaq:PLUS) today announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has deployed an integrated collaboration solution for Surry County Public Schools (SCPS). The Cisco solution includes Unified Communications, e911 capabilities, and custom paging and emergency broadcasting—putting leading-edge technology in place throughout the school system.

SCPS is located in a rural county and needed to address physical security needs as well as replace an outdated phone system, which had become cumbersome and expensive to manage.

ePlus assisted SCPS with its entry to Cisco's Extreme Collaboration Makeover contest. SCPS was the grand prize winner of a Cisco BE6000 deployment. After an assessment of the school system's needs, the scope of the project expanded to include a full Unified Communications rollout. The district selected ePlus for this engagement based on its comfort and trust in ePlus' engineering team and its Cisco credentials, including Cisco Master Collaboration Partner.

"By working with ePlus, we've been able to revolutionize the way our team communicates between schools, within a school, within a classroom, and with parents," said Lloyd Hamlin, superintendent of SCPS. "We are proud to put leading-edge technology into the hands of our administrators, teachers, staff, and students through one, integrated, and cost-effective collaboration solution."

"We're pleased to help SCPS stretch its budget and resources to greatly enhance collaboration" said Mark Marron, COO of ePlus inc. "The district for the first time can provide voicemail and instant messaging for every teacher, in addition to video capabilities for select team members. This has resulted in improved communication, stakeholder satisfaction, staff productivity, and responsiveness."

ePlus designed and implemented a complete Cisco collaboration solution for SCPS, based on Cisco's BE6000 platform, including phones, Unity, e911 capabilities, custom paging/emergency broadcasting, and Unified Communications server (including Jabber/Unified Presence). The project included one year of support, coordination with county utilities and the primary service provider, and custom training for all teaching staff.

For more information about ePlus' engagement at Surry County Schools, read the full case study.

ePlus is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner with Cisco Master Specializations in Security, Collaboration, Cloud Builder, and Managed Services. ePlus has Cisco Powered designations in Managed Unified Communications, Managed Business Security, and Managed Security Services. In addition, ePlus holds Cisco Advanced Specializations in Data Center Architecture, Data Center Networking Infrastructure, Borderless Network Architecture, Routing and Switching, Security, Content Security, and Unified Communications. ePlus also holds Cisco Authorized Technology Provider designations in Data Virtualization, TelePresence Video Master, Physical Security (Video Surveillance and Access Control), Identity Services Engine, Enterprise Mobility Services Platform, and Telehealth Reseller as well as Cisco Authorized Partner status in Service Provider Video and Digital Media System. 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 SCPS

Surry County Public Schools is located in rural Surry County, Virginia and is supported by a progressive local government that works in concert with the school district. In addition, Surry County Public Schools provides a comprehensive, challenging, and rigorous educational program designed to emphasize the mastery of basic abilities, the acquisition of essential information, and the application of 21st Century skills. Pupil/teacher ratios are exceptionally low. Teacher salaries and fringe benefits are competitive and compare favorably with other localities. The schools provide comprehensive academic, career and technical, extra-curricular, and co-curricular programs. Several of these programs have received state, regional, and national recognition, i.e., the Surry Chapter of TSA and Army JROTC.

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 complex information technology solutions, which may include managed and professional services and products from top manufacturers, flexible financing, and proprietary software. Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 950 associates serving commercial, state, municipal, and education 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 www.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.

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.

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

Source: ePlus inc.


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