VMware Recognizes ePlus as Americas Solution Provider of the Year

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 30, 2009 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today recognized ePlus as VMware’s Americas Solution Provider of the Year. The award was announced at VMware Partner Exchange 2009, which took place in Orlando, Fla., April 14-16. ePlus won this award based in part on its overall growth, number of new opportunities closed, ability to provide solutions across the entire VMware portfolio and overall commitment and expertise driving virtualization solutions.

“We’re honored to be acknowledged by the world leader in virtualization solutions with this very significant award, which validates our investment in our VMware and datacenter practices," said Phillip G. Norton, chairman, president and chief executive officer, ePlus. “We’re proud to be named as VMware’s Americas Solution Provider of the Year as we continue to deliver enterprise virtualization solutions to our customers, providing them substantial cost savings, higher availability and increased business agility.”

"We are very pleased to recognize ePlus as our Americas Solution Provider of the Year,” said Carl Eschenbach, executive vice president, worldwide field operations, VMware.  “Our partners are a critical component of VMware's sales and services ecosystem to address the specific business challenges and requirements of customers across the country. As VMware is uniquely positioned in the industry to offer the most complete virtualization platform, partners like ePlus are helping drive joint success in accelerating virtualization adoption. ePlus has continually demonstrated the ability to assess its customers’ environments and then provide a fully virtualized solution that helps them achieve cost savings and efficiencies in their datacenters. We congratulate ePlus on its stellar growth, commitment to customer value and innovation, and receipt of this prestigious award.”

VMware Partner Exchange 2009, a three-day event, offered access to 130 sessions and an exhibit pavilion that showcased how partners can best accelerate their virtualization businesses in 2009. Partner attendees were also provided a preview into the next generation of products and programs coming from VMware.

The conference presented an exclusive opportunity to hear from VMware executives including Rick Jackson, chief marketing officer; Tod Nielsen, chief operating officer; Carl Eschenbach, executive vice president of worldwide field operations; and Dr. Stephen Herrod, chief technology officer. The event enabled partners to network with more than 1,500 peers from the VMware global partner ecosystem to share ideas and build relationships.

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