ePlus Joins Cloudera Connect Partner Program

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Teams with Cloudera to Accelerate Adoption of Apache Hadoop-Based Business Solutions

HERNDON, VA – December 18, 2013 – ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUSnews) today announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has joined the Cloudera Connect Partner Program.  The program, designed to propagate the innovative use of Apache Hadoop for a range of business applications, represents the industry’s most comprehensive ecosystem of technology solutions vendors, value added resellers, and managed service providers offering Hadoop-based solutions and services.  
 
“We welcome ePlus into the Cloudera Connect network of valued service and solution providers for enterprise data management,” said Tim Stevens, vice president, Business Development, Cloudera.  “As a trusted partner, we will equip ePlus with the tools and resources necessary to support, manage, and innovate with Cloudera solutions by delivering an Enterprise Data Hub to its customers, a complement to its existing data infrastructures.  Leveraging the deep domain expertise and expanding knowledge and technology base offered by Cloudera and the greater Cloudera Connect partner ecosystem, ePlus can now enable its customers to leverage Hadoop, as they mature to deal with scalability, security, fault tolerance, flexibility, and resource management.”
 
“We are pleased to join the Cloudera Connect Partner Program,” said Mark Marron, president of ePlus Technology.  “ePlus is uniquely positioned to work with Cloudera to develop, market, and sell Apache Hadoop‐based, big data management software and services that accelerate our ability to turn data into transformative solutions for our customers.  For example, FlexPod Select is a Cisco and NetApp validated reference architecture that has been optimized for Cloudera deployments.  As the top NetApp FlexPod reseller in the United States, ePlus has the demonstrated expertise to help customers leverage big data analytic solutions, like FlexPod, to solve complex business intelligence problems.”
 
ePlus joins the world’s largest ecosystem of vendors and service providers driving innovation and adoption of solutions leveraging the Apache Hadoop platform.  Cloudera Connect Members receive unprecedented access to Cloudera’s expansive toolset of Hadoop training, knowledgebase, and marketing resources. More information can be found at www.cloudera.com/partners/.
 
ePlus is a FlexPod Premium Partner, NetApp Star Partner and Authorized Professional Services Partner, Cisco Gold Certified Partner with Master Cloud Builder Specialization, and VMware Premier Solutions Provider.  ePlus also has a team of NetApp Certified Storage Engineers, NetApp Certified SAN Architects, and NetApp Certified Sales Executives.  For more information about FlexPod solutions from ePlus as well as its eCloud (or Enterprise Cloud) offering, visit http://www.ePlus.com/cloud.htm.
 
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 world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems.  Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 900 associates serving federal, state, municipal, and commercial 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 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.
 
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