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Zend Technologies Launches New Zend Server Community Edition as Free Download for Developers and PHP Application Users

First-ever Zend Server Community Edition gives developers and users
an easy, all-in-one, faster way to run PHP applications

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 7, 2009 – Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, announced today the general availability of Zend Server Community Edition, a web application server that offers both ease-of-use and better performance in one simple package for PHP-based Web applications. This free to download version is available now at: http://www.zend.com/products/server/downloads-all

“Zend’s mission is to give customers a suite of world-class solutions built around the advantages of PHP that helps them throughout the entire Web application lifecycle, from development to production,” said Andi Gutmans, CEO and co-founder of Zend Technologies. “We’re committed to giving developers and others a simple, quick, out-of-the-box experience to create, maintain, and run PHP-based Web applications.  Our new Zend Server Community Edition (CE) completes the suite that includes the open-source Zend Framework and PHP Development Tools (PDT) projects that we lead and sponsor, so that for the first time developers can test and deploy their PHP applications at no cost on our server platform and realize the benefits of our latest improvements in consistency, performance, and usability when deploying them in non-critical settings.”

Zend Server CE is a completely free version of Zend Server that runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X, specifically tuned to address the needs of non-critical server deployments and for developer desktops/laptops everywhere.  Zend Server CE comes with the same high-performance opcode caching and easy-to-use PHP administration capabilities as the commercial Zend Server.  The Zend Server commercial subscription also announced today additionally provides technical support, application monitoring and diagnostics, and page-caching for even higher performance—all features that commercial users require to maximize the efficiency of their business-critical PHP applications.
“As PHP transitions from a dynamic, disruptive technology within enterprises to a mainstream technology option, it will be critical for it to be as manageable as the languages and platforms that preceded it,” said Stephen O'Grady, principal at RedMonk, a leading technology analyst firm. “With the introduction of a community-supported server product, Zend is providing the PHP community with the tooling and infrastructure that IT management is familiar with and relies upon, thus smoothing the way for broad adoption.”

Zend Server is the platform of choice for deploying open-source PHP and Zend Framework-based PHP applications, including rich Internet applications (RIAs) built on various client-side technologies such as the open-source Flex framework on the Adobe® Flash® platform and Dojo Toolkit or JQuery on JavaScript.
“Adobe is pleased that Zend Server tightly integrates with Zend Framework because of its strong support for the open-source Flex framework.  With the Zend Server Community Edition, PHP developers using the Flex framework can now enjoy a community-supported all-in-one PHP stack for deploying RIAs,” said Michele Turner, vice president of product marketing and developer relations for the Platform Business Unit at Adobe.  “Enterprise customers searching for the most cost-effective and productive way to create rich Internet applications will benefit from an integrated PHP stack like Zend Server as it will help increase development productivity even further.”

With a simple, 5 minute install Zend Framework and PHP RIAs and other popular PHP applications like Drupal CMS, SugarCRM, and more, can now be deployed easily, quickly, and with higher performance using Zend Server Community Edition.

Zend Server CE demonstrates the commitment of Zend Technologies to developer communities worldwide, regardless of operating system platform of choice.  Developers in the Windows community for example, are seeing more and more benefits of PHP in their Microsoft environments, including significant performance gains.

“Our firm’s partnership with Zend has altered the landscape for us in providing high-performance PHP on the Windows platform. In our own in-house stress testing using JMeter, we’ve maxed out 8 CPU cores at 100% executing thousands of PHP requests, and pages return quickly and without errors.  This simply wasn’t possible before,” said John Chertudi, systems administrator at Rubicon International, an educational technology services firm.  “We are able to design and support stable, high performing PHP applications on Windows thanks to the work done by Microsoft and Zend.”

In other news today
Zend Technologies also announced its commercially supported Zend Server for high-performance, reliable, and secure deployment of PHP-based Web applications.  Please see separate press release at: http://www.zend.com/zendserverannounced

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.

Press Contact:
Bradford Cottel
Zend Technologies
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