SILVER SPRING, MD (January 4, 2012) – Business Solutions magazine has named Merchant Link, a leading provider of cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions, as one of the Best Channel Vendors for 2012 in the Payment Processing category.

Merchant Link scored particularly high in the areas of service and support, product reliability, and channel friendliness. The company was also recognized for product innovation, reflecting the company’s recent focus on providing cutting-edge tokenization and encryption solutions to protect sensitive customer data and enable merchants to meet and exceed PCI compliance standards.

“Merchant Link is pleased and honored to be named to the list of Best Channel Providers,” said Dan Lane, president and CEO of Merchant Link. “The company strives to deliver peace of mind for our channel partners and their customers by providing the highest level of service, security and reliability for their payment processing solutions.”

The list of best channel vendors was based on responses to a survey conducted by Business Solutions magazine and Penn State University. The survey was given to over 4,000 Value Added Reseller (VAR) subscribers and received over 10,000 votes. The Best Channel Vendor list includes only the service providers who received scores in the top 5 percent of their category and is published in the January 2012 issue of Business Solutions magazine.

About Merchant Link
Merchant Link is a leading provider of cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions, removing the risk and hassle from credit card acceptance for more than 150,000 hotels, restaurants and retailers. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., Merchant Link currently enables more than 3 billion transactions annually for some of the world’s best-known merchants, providing connectivity to the major U.S. payment card processors. TransactionVaultTM, our tokenization solution, and TransactionShieldTM, our point-to-point encryption solution, mitigate the risk of a data compromise while lowering the cost and effort of PCI compliance. Further information is available at For our expert opinion on encryption, tokenization and PCI compliance, visit our blog at

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