Zend Furthers PHP's Rapid Commercial Expansion With New Zend SafeGuard Suite for Businesses

Groundbreaking Product Enables Software Vendors to Increase Revenues And

Maximize Profitability With Intellectual Property Protection and Software

License Management

Sep 23, 2002, 01:00 ET from Zend Technologies Ltd.

    RAMAT GAN, Israel, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Zend Technologies Ltd., the
 creators of PHP 4 and leaders in PHP development and performance management
 solutions, today announced the release of Zend SafeGuard Suite 3.0. Designed
 for the rapidly expanding market of ISVs selling PHP-based applications, Zend
 SafeGuard Suite is the first product that enables commercial licensing of PHP
     By utilizing the Zend SafeGuard Suite, ISVs can eliminate unauthorized use
 of applications, increase conversion rate from evaluation to licensed product;
 and offer flexible licensing terms that make software products more
 attractive, increase sales and improve customer satisfaction.
     The Zend Safeguard Suite is comprised of two components:
     1. Zend Encoder. The industry standard in PHP intellectual property
        protection, the Zend Encoder protects exclusive or commercial PHP
        applications by encoding PHP scripts. Developers enjoy the benefits of
        a leading open-source language while protecting their code when they're
        ready to distribute their application. By protecting their
        applications, ISVs retain more customers and expand revenue on
        maintenance and support. The SafeGuard Suite incorporates the Version
        3.0 release of Zend Encoder.
     2. Zend License Manager. The Zend License Manager enables software vendors
        to manage the commercial distribution of their PHP applications. The
        Zend License Manager generates license keys and tags files that require
        a license key to operate. Software vendors can easily specify license
        models without changing their application's source code or binaries.
        Licensing their PHP applications enable software vendors to
        dramatically expand their available market, enhance customer loyalty
        and account penetration, resulting in increased revenue and
     "The benefit that Zend SafeGuard Suite brings is very clear to us," said
 Bas Jobsen, owner of Email Communications, a software services provider, in
 Nijmegen, The Netherlands. "Without SafeGuard Suite, we had no way to safely
 expand the methods of software delivery to new and potential customers.  By
 protecting the intellectual property which is our greatest asset, we can
 increase sales and be more flexible in exposing our applications to potential
     "PHP has come a long way from its humble open-source roots. Today
 companies are aligning their business models around applications written
 exclusively in PHP. The need for intellectual property protection and
 industry-standard licensing solutions has become a must-have demand of our
 customers," says Doron Gerstel, Zend co-founder, president and CEO. "Zend's
 mission is to provide end-to-end solutions for PHP enterprises and developers.
 The Zend Safeguard Suite is a mission-critical component for commercial PHP
 software vendors, enabling them to generate more revenue, reduce costs and
 increase profitability. Business-critical products like the Zend Safeguard
 Suite further ensure PHP's commercial viability and leading role in dynamic
 web application development."
     Pricing for the Zend SafeGuard Suite begins at $7,300. The product is
 available immediately at www.zend.com, or by contacting a Zend representative
 at 1-877-ZEND-PHP.
     About Zend Technologies Ltd.
     Zend Technologies, a leading Web infrastructure software company, is the
 internationally recognized authority in PHP. The company builds the industry's
 premiere PHP development and performance management software for the rapidly
 growing market of PHP enterprises and developers. Zend's founders are the
 designers of PHP 4 and the Zend Engine; on which all PHP sites and
 applications are run. The company is an active leader in the PHP and open
 source communities, and plays a central role in the explosive growth of PHP,
 which is now the most popular server-side scripting language on the web.
 Founded in 1999, Zend Technologies is a privately held, venture-backed firm,
 with management, marketing and R&D headquartered in Ramat Gan, Israel.
     Zend, Zend.com, Zend Technologies, Zend Engine, Zend Studio, Zend
 Accelerator, Zend Cache, Zend Encoder Unlimited, Zend IDE, Zend LaunchPad,
 Zend Support-Online Services, and/or the logos and icons associated with each
 of these names are trademarks of Zend Technologies Ltd. and may be registered
 in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective
     CONTACT:  Zend Technologies Ltd., US, +1-1-877-ZEND-PHP (+1-877-936-3747)
 or sales@zend.com; Germany, 0-800-182-7184; or international, 972-3-613-9665;
 press, Brad Young of Zend, +972-3-613-9665, ext. 112, or Brad@zend.com; or
 John McCoy of Bairey & Bedford Public Relations, LLC, +1-415-789-8885 or
 mccoy@b2pr.com, for Zend Technologies Ltd.
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