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Zend Technologies Launches Zend Server for High Performance, Reliable, and Secure Deployment of PHP-Based Web Applications

Customers benefit from higher productivity, cost savings, and an integrated suite of Zend PHP solutions,
from development and testing to deployment and maintenance

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 7, 2009 – Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, announced today the general availability of Zend Server, a Web application server that offers new levels of reliability, performance, and security for PHP-based Web applications. With a focus on usability and native updates, customers benefit from a complete IT-ready solution that also integrates Zend Studio for Eclipse and Zend Framework to make it faster and easier than ever before to develop and deploy rich, reliable, and secure Web applications using PHP.

The new Zend Server is a complete Web application solution that includes PHP, native install, an enhanced code accelerator, and advanced monitoring and problem diagnostics for applications designed for deployment on a single server. In addition, Zend Server automates software updates, hot fixes, and security patches on both Linux (native RPM and DEB based repositories) and Microsoft Windows (MSI), for quick and easy installation in less than 5 minutes. Zend Server supports the most popular databases, including Oracle® Database, MySQL, and Microsoft® SQL Server, as well as leading operating systems from Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu/Debian to Microsoft Windows Server and more.

“With our new Zend Server, it’s never been easier for customers to build and deploy on PHP even in the most demanding production environments,” said Eldad Maniv, vice president of marketing & products for Zend Technologies. “With this new release, customers will see dramatic improvements in performance, security, and reliability on top of the enterprise-class support and service that they have come to expect from our commercial solutions.”

“With more than 80 million users on our social network site – running our PHP-based social networking platform that is deployed on hundreds of servers – performance is a top priority at Tagged.com,” said Johann Schleier-Smith, founder and CTO at Tagged.com.  “Tagged has been growing exponentially, and Zend has been supporting our growth for over five years.  Zend Server’s production-level SLA support, including PHP updates--we have received critical fixes through this mechanism in the past, for specific PHP extensions--plus security hot fixes, and built-in byte code acceleration, are all absolutely essential to providing the reliability and responsiveness our users demand.
“In testing, we have measured significantly better performance with Zend Server than we were experiencing before,” remarked Schleier-Smith.  “We’re pleased that Zend has raised the bar for PHP performance and reliability with this next generation Web application server and its SLA-based support subscription.”

In addition to new benefits for performance, reliability, simplified deployment, and PHP application management, Zend Server gives customers the advantage of a global ecosystem of commercial and open source developers, systems integrators, and technology partners, including Microsoft and Oracle.

“Microsoft and Zend have collaborated for more than three years to make PHP a first-class citizen on Microsoft Windows.  Zend Server encapsulates the various efforts made by both companies and the community to deliver a reliable, scalable, out-of-the-box experience for running business-critical PHP applications on Windows,” said Bill Staples, general manager of Web platform and tools at Microsoft Corp.  “This continues our strategy to deliver choice and interoperability to our customers, and we are committed to continue supporting PHP on Windows.”

Oracle and Zend have a long-standing relationship to enable IT organizations to leverage the security, performance, and reliability of both Zend Server and Oracle Database for their PHP development and deployment needs.

“Oracle’s unique position as a complete software infrastructure provider is enhanced by our collaboration with Zend and their release today of Zend Server.  Customers with PHP implementations can now benefit from Oracle-specific features including database resident connection pooling support, and the unparalleled reliability, security, and performance of Oracle Database 11g.  They can also take advantage of Oracle’s unique high availability and scalability capabilities with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Data Guard,” said Mike Hichwa, vice president for software development at Oracle.  “We are confident that our customers will realize even greater gains from the combination of Zend Server with Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Enterprise Linux.”

Pricing and availability
Zend Server is available worldwide, direct from Zend.  Download Zend Server now at: http://www.zend.com/products/server/downloads  Free 30-day trial license requests are fulfilled immediately at this same link.  Pricing starts at $1,195 for an annual product subscription.

In other news today
Zend Technologies also announced its first ever Zend Server Community Edition (CE) that gives developers and users an easy, all-in-one, faster way to run PHP applications.  Please see separate press release at: http://www.zend.com/zendserverceannounced

About Zend Technologies
Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP Company, is the leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying, and managing business-critical PHP applications.  PHP is used by more than 20 million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic Web applications.  Deployed at more than 27,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications.  Zend is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

For more information, please visit http://www.zend.com or call +1 408-253-8800.

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Press Contact:
Bradford Cottel
Zend Technologies
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