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Zend Announces Update of Zend Core for Oracle

Enhances PL/SQL support and adds Validation for Oracle® Database XE

CUPERTINO, Calif., February 28, 2006 - Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced an updated version of Zend Core for Oracle, which supports businesses using PHP for mission-critical Web applications by delivering a reliable, high performance, easy-to-install PHP development and production environment fully integrated with the Oracle® Database 10g. More than 5,000 developers have started using Zend Core for Oracle since its introduction in October, 2005.. The new release is validated with Oracle Database 10g Release 2, including the Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), and is available as a free download from the Zend web site https://www.zend.com/products/core/for-oracle.

Oracle Database XE is a starter edition of Oracle’s world-class database that is free to download and free for development, deployment and distribution. It’s ideal for database developers and delivers the enterprise-class functionality, including performance, reliability and security for which Oracle is known. Built on the same code base as Oracle Database 10g Release 2, Oracle Database XE offers a virtually seamless upgrade path to the entire family of Oracle Databases.

“Oracle Database XE delivers a free, entry-level database with all of the enterprise-level functionality that PHP developers need to develop robust and scalable applications,” said Monica Kumar, director of product marketing, Oracle. “With Oracle Database XE, not only do developers gain access to a powerful, industry leading database at no cost, but they also get an easy upgrade path to other Oracle database editions as their business needs change. Together with Zend Core for Oracle, Oracle Database XE offers a superior development environment for PHP developers.”

In addition to validation of Oracle Database 10g Release 2, the update to Zend Core for Oracle has enhanced support for Oracle Procedural Language for SQL (PL/SQL) collection types, giving significantly improved performance. Developers can access PL/SQL directly from PHP in a single, fully integrated environment.

“The StepUp local shopping platform used by our retailers makes extensive use of PL/SQL to implement our ecommerce process rules,” said Mike Bertrand, chief technology officer of StepUp Commerce. “We have just completed a significant migration of Java applications to PHP and have worked closely with Zend in the process. Zend’s support for PL/SQL in Zend Core for Oracle has been a major contributor to the success of the migration.”

“It is our mission to enable developers with easy yet powerful tools for the creation of the new generation of web applications,” said Doron Gerstel, president and CEO of Zend Technologies. “The combination of Zend Core for Oracle and Oracle Database XE is freely available and able to scale to high-traffic, business-critical web applications.”

Support and updates for Zend Core for Oracle will be made available directly from Zend.

About Zend Technologies, Inc.
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 twenty-two million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than 15,000 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 www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.
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