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Zend Core for Oracle Beta Version Integrates Oracle Database with Zend's PHP Environment

Delivers Easier Installation and Improved Performance for Business-Critical PHP-based Web Applications

CUPERTINO, CA, and REDWOOD SHORES, CA - August 29, 2005 - Oracle and Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced the availability of the beta version of Zend Core for Oracle. This version is available as a free download from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and the Zend Web site.

The production version of Zend Core for Oracle, available later this year, will deliver a fully tested and supported environment that provides tight integration between Oracle® Database and Zend's supported PHP environment. It enables developers to get up and running in minutes with PHP, the popular open source Web development language, using an Oracle infrastructure. Zend Core for Oracle also delivers an updated PHP "OCI8" driver, providing enhanced reliability, stability and performance for Oracle Database-driven Web applications.

Zend provides support for Zend Core for Oracle via the Zend Network, a comprehensive service and support system delivering enterprise-quality updates and support to PHP developers. Zend Core for Oracle is also compatible with existing Zend products such as Zend Platform and Zend Studio.

"We've taken a significant step forward in enhancing support for the PHP developer community by delivering Zend Core for Oracle," said Michael Hichwa, vice president, database tools, Oracle. "PHP developers will be pleased with the simplicity and robustness of their development and deployment environment with Oracle. Already, thousands of PHP developers use Oracle infrastructure to develop and deploy business-critical applications, and we expect that number to increase significantly with the availability of Zend Core for Oracle."

"Working together with Oracle, we are delivering a PHP environment for Oracle-based Web applications that sets new standards for reliability, stability, and robustness," said Doron Gerstel, president and CEO of Zend Technologies. "Zend Core for Oracle, along with Zend Studio and Zend Platform, brings the Oracle community a solution supporting the entire development and deployment lifecycle, speeding the delivery of Web applications integrated with Oracle Database."

Oracle and Zend Introduce "Deploy PHP" Technical Series for Developers

OTN, in collaboration with Zend, has launched a series of technical articles addressing topics such as accelerating PHP code performance with Oracle, data security for PHP applications, and more, at the PHP Developer Center on the OTN Web site at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/php/index.html.

The site also features technical resources for the PHP developer community, including installation guides for PHP with Oracle Application Server and Oracle Database, an online forum and Oracle JDeveloper 10g PHP extension. Also available as a free download, this PHP extension makes it easier to develop, test and deploy PHP applications using Oracle JDeveloper 10g development environment.

Availability

Oracle offers a downloadable beta version of Zend Core for Oracle today from OTN at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/php/index.html. Zend Core for Oracle is also available for download at the Zend site: http://www.zend.com/products/core/downloads. The production version of Zend Core for Oracle is scheduled to be available later this year.

About Oracle

Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com.

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. Zend's founders are the architects of PHP, which 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 8,000 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 http://www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.

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Press Contacts:

Eloy Ontiveros
Oracle
650.607.6458
eloy.ontiveros@oracle.com

Michel Gerin
Zend Technologies, Inc.
408.253.8825
michel@zend.com

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