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Zend Technologies Announces Significant Update for Zend Core for IBM

Zend Core for IBM premiers a free DB2 Express Data Server without license charges, database size restrictions, or user limitations

CUPERTINO, Calif., January 30, 2006 – Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced the general availability of the updated Zend Core™ for IBM®, featuring a free DB2 Express Data Server and the Cloudscape database for embedded applications. Earlier releases of Zend Core for IBM already supported Linux and AIX – this update adds support for Windows®, allowing many additional developers to rely on a certified and easily installable PHP environment. All Zend Core for IBM versions are available as a free download from Zend's web site at www.zend.com.

Since its debut in 2005, thousands of developers have downloaded Zend Core for IBM to build mission-critical, PHP-based web applications and have experienced easier maintenance and increased productivity along with higher reliability, security and performance due to the tight integration of PHP with the IBM databases.

Zend Core for IBM delivers a fully tested and supported environment that enables developers to get up and running in minutes with Zend's supported PHP with an IBM infrastructure. Zend provides support for Zend Core for IBM via the Zend Network, a comprehensive service and support system delivering enterprise-quality updates and support to PHP developers. Zend Core for IBM is also compatible with existing Zend products such as Zend Platform™ and Zend Studio™.

“We are seeing strong interest from developers in the PHP community to use DB2 data servers for their Web applications and DB2 Express provides a powerful on-ramp for PHP developers to help their companies leverage Information in ways other data servers cannot," said Bob Picciano, vice president of data servers for IBM. "Zend Core for IBM, now including free DB2 Express-C, tight integration with PHP, and professional support options delivered by Zend and IBM, is an important milestone in our efforts to meet this demand.”

"IBM and Zend work together closely to give our customers the highest levels of reliability and uptime for PHP applications using DB2 databases," said Mark de Visser, chief marketing officer at Zend Technologies. "Zend Core for IBM makes it very easy for our mutual customers to create and deploy professional PHP applications. And when the customers need to scale their applications, they can do so seamlessly with Zend Platform and the high-end IBM DB2 UDB family of database servers."

"I am excited about the opportunities presented to PHP users with this free version of DB2 Express which doesn't limit the database size,” said Andi Gutmans, co-founder and vice president of technology at Zend Technologies." By actively contributing to Zend's PHP Collaboration Project, and specifically the Zend Framework, IBM ensures that our users will not only benefit from tight integration with DB2's relational features, but also from the native XML DB features to be made available in future DB2 Express releases."

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, which is used by more than twenty-two million web sites, has quickly become the most popular language for building 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, headquartered in Cupertino, California, is privately held and venture funded with investments from Azure, Index, Intel Capital, Platinum, SAP Ventures and Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.

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