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Oracle and Zend Partner on Development and Deployment Foundation for PHP-Based Applications

Enterprises Benefit from Tighter Integration between Oracle™ Database and Open Source PHP Scripting Language

CUPERTINO and REDWOOD SHORES - May 16, 2005 - Oracle and Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, and creator of products and services supporting the development, deployment and management of PHP-based applications, today announced that the companies have partnered to produce Zend Core for Oracle™ - a fully tested and supported, free download that will deliver tight integration between Oracle Database and Zend's supported PHP environment, enabling developers to get up and running in minutes with PHP and Oracle infrastructure. PHP is an open-source application integration infrastructure used for developing web applications and is one of the fastest growing scripting languages today.

Scheduled for availability in CQ3, Zend Core for Oracle will deliver reliability, productivity and flexibility to run PHP applications tightly integrated with Oracle Database. Zend will offer support and updates for Zend Core for Oracle, which will be compatible with Zend's existing products such as Zend Platform and Zend Studio.

"Oracle continues to support the open source and PHP developer community by providing them with a robust and proven infrastructure for development with our industry leading technology products including Oracle Application Server and Oracle Database," said Christophe Job, vice president, Oracle Application Server Development. "PHP developers recognize the need for a secure and reliable database to support and scale their business-critical applications and services. Our partnership with Zend is yet another sign of our commitment to making Oracle 10g the infrastructure software of choice for PHP developers."

"A significant percentage of Zend's customers are creating applications using Oracle Database, demonstrating the suitability of PHP as the backbone of enterprise applications," said Doron Gerstel, president and CEO of Zend Technologies. "Through our partnership with Oracle, PHP developers now have access to all the infrastructure necessary to build and deploy highly-reliable applications for enterprises of all sizes."

Trader Electronic Media Relies on PHP and Oracle to Power Internet's Largest Dealer-Only Automotive Website

Trader Electronic Media, a division of Trader Publishing Company, is the publisher of the Internet's largest dealer-only automotive website, AutoMart.com, featuring available listings exclusively from automobile dealers. The company uses PHP and Oracle Database to deploy this new high-volume site. The result is a large, scalable, secure, open source website that posts more than half a million ads and effectively manages over 2.5 million visitors each month.

"The partnership between Zend and Oracle signifies true technological innovation for the PHP community," said Joe Fuller, chief technology officer for Trader Electronic Media. "AutoMart.com relies daily on the combination of Zend and Oracle technology to keep up with the intense demands of our customers. Knowing Zend and Oracle are continuing to expand and improve upon already proven solutions means Trader Publishing Company will continue to rely on them to grow our business. Our success with Automart.com is prompting us to convert our Classifieds portal, Traderonline.com, from Cold Fusion to PHP. Oracle's performance, combined with the web scripting resources of PHP's vast user community, make Oracle and PHP a great combination for us."

Oracle Introduces Resources for PHP Developers

Oracle, in partnership with Zend, has launched the PHP Developer Center on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Web site at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/php/index.html. The site features various technical resources for the PHP developer, including installation guides for PHP with Oracle Application Server and Oracle Database, an online forum and the Oracle JDeveloper 10g PHP extension. 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 plans to offer Zend Core for Oracle as a free download at http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/php/index.html 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 and its founders are the architects of PHP, which is used by more than fifteen 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, Platinum, and Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.

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