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SMS Awarded Juniper Networks Elite Portfolio Certification

McLean, VA | June 26, 2012 – SMS, a leading IT services provider and systems integration firm with nearly 40 years of experience providing IT solutions to the Federal Government, today announced that it has been awarded Juniper Network’s Elite Portfolio Certification for routing, switching, IDP, firewall policy access and control across all of Juniper’s product suites.

As an Elite Partner, SMS joins a select few companies, and the second in the US Federal segment, with the designation. The certification enables SMS to offer its federal clients the full Juniper portfolio of networking and security solutions and is the highest level of accreditation for partners in Juniper’s J-Partner program.

Juniper’s Elite Portfolio Partner designation is limited to companies that have been chosen by Juniper and to have met and exceeded stringent standards for customer satisfaction, personnel qualifications, training, and service. SMS’ sales, engineering, and customer support engineers have met strict proficiency and certification requirements set by Juniper to achieve the Elite Partner status.

“We are very proud to be a member of Juniper’s top tier of enterprise solutions providers and have earned this Elite Status,” said Ben Friedman, SMS’ Director of Operations. “More so, that we are one of the first in the federal space to have achieved this in attests to our knowledge of the product line and our commitment to the partnership,” added Friedman.

SMS’ President Juan Hernandez also commented on the qualification saying, “It validates our technical expertise within the Juniper range and allows us to market our services with that Elite Portfolio certification backing our expertise.” “The cost of the accreditation meant having our network engineers away from customers while they went through their accreditations was worth the time and expense,” said Hernandez. “This Elite status will help us deliver the best Juniper product for our Federal customers while providing some of the most cost effective solutions for the agencies we work with,” added Hernandez.

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About SMS

SMS is a Veteran Owned business dedicated to making its clients successful by delivering talented people and mission critical, innovative IT solutions. Founded in 1976, the company has expertise in enterprise IT architecture planning, design and implementation; cyber security; data center design, continuity of operations/disaster recovery planning and deployment; enterprise resource planning; warehousing and logistics; IT systems; strategic management consulting; systems engineering; unified communications; continuous monitoring and wireless solutions.

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, SMS is ISO 9001:2008 registered and CMMI Level 3 DEV and Level 2 SVC appraised. For additional information on SMS, visit


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