BALTIMORE, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Zend Technologies today announced a
robust set of value-added products and services for enterprise users and
developers of PHP technology (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor). The new Zend
products and services are designed to enhance PHP application performance,
enable Web professionals to significantly increase their productivity, and
provide software vendors with the ability to safeguard their intellectual
property from copyright infringement and theft.
"Zend is building on the enormous success of PHP in the Internet economy
by leading the PHP revolution into the enterprise," said Doron Gerstel, CEO
and president of Zend Technologies. "Zend is committed to providing
valued-added solutions to PHP users in Internet, extranet and intranet
environments, all of whom must increase performance and decrease time to
market in order to maintain their edge."
Zend Cache(TM) Increases Performance and Scalability
The Zend Cache dramatically increases the performance and efficiency of
PHP-driven Web applications. It is a customizable script-caching module that
stores an intermediate code version of a PHP application in the Web server's
memory. This enables many more transactions per second, significantly reduces
latency time -- one of the major obstacles for e-commerce, since it frustrates
users and can deter them from completing transactions -- and puts less drain
on computing resources.
The Zend Cache delivers the best ROI of any conventional solution aimed at
increasing the responsiveness of high-traffic, dynamic Web sites. The Zend
Cache includes an intuitive graphical user interface that enables users to
control Cache settings, perform benchmarking, compile customized blacklists of
script sections that should not be cached, and view hits and other statistics.
"The Zend Cache is a critical part of our infrastructure," said
Marc Slayton, director of Systems Engineering for AuctionWatch.com. "Our site
serves millions of requests a day and we are committed to having our customers
receive the best user experience possible. Since installing this product, our
response time has improved significantly and our hit rate is impressive,
without compromising memory. We had considered hardware solutions, but with
ongoing maintenance and upkeep, we realized that Zend could answer our needs
much more efficiently."
Zend Encoder Unlimited Protects Source Code
The Zend Encoder Unlimited enables companies to increase Web site security
and distribute their exclusive software solutions and commercial PHP
applications without revealing the source code. This product, which creates a
platform-independent binary file and provides extra protection against reverse
engineering, may be reused for an unlimited number of applications and allows
secure distribution of PHP-based Web applications to an unlimited number of
end users. By providing such protection, the Zend Encoder Unlimited opens the
way for the widespread acceptance of PHP for business and commercial
applications, where protection of proprietary information is of primary
Zend Subscription Plan for Ongoing Updates Year-Round
The Zend Subscription Plan is a set of constantly updated Zend products
and services for supporting and speeding the development of PHP and for
deploying and maximizing PHP-based Web applications. The subscription plan
includes major version updates, special offers, and exclusive offerings
throughout the year. All products and services are available through the Zend
Web site (www.zend.com).
The Zend Subscription Plan is available in commercial and non-commercial
versions. The non-commercial plan, available at nominal cost, has been
created for personal use and is geared toward the PHP freelance community.
"It is part of our commitment to promote the proliferation of PHP as the
scripting language of choice for the Web," said Gerstel. The commercial plan
is targeted for professional developers and vendors and offers online access
to Zend technical support services.
Zend IDE(TM) (Integrated Development Environment) Increases Programmer
Zend's PHP development environment speeds development time and reduces
time to market. The IDE provides subscribers with a full suite of
customizable tools, including a powerful remote debugger that enables
debugging scripts on the server, a customizable text editor, PHP and HTML
highlighting, and HTML code completion. The Zend IDE also provides the
framework for adding future extensions.
Zend Support-Online Services (SOS) Provides 24/7 Web-Enabled Support
Zend's Support-Online Service is a dedicated application designed to make
it easy to get support when needed. This Web-enabled service for commercial
subscribers entitles the user to two support incidents, which may include
requests for PHP or Zend products support. The service is provided through
the Web by a large group of PHP experts.
Zend LaunchPad(TM) a Convenient, Reliable Source for PHP
The Zend LaunchPad provides quality-assured, hassle-free, updated PHP
downloads. PHP sources are tested in Zend's own labs, and results are
stamped, ensuring that they have undergone various testing levels before
release. The Zend LaunchPad includes an easy to use GUI module that enables
the user to select a personal PHP platform, server, database, and standards
environment prior to downloading. Zend LaunchPad keeps subscribers up-to-date
with the latest quality-assured modules through the Zend LaunchPad section on
Zend's Web site.
"The Zend LaunchPad is ideal for running PHP products," said Gerstel.
"Enterprises receive unlimited downloads. No more worries about
compatibility, no more worries about updates; they are available year round.
It is the most convenient, reliable source for PHP."
Zend Encoder SE Protects Source Code and Enables Limited Application
The Zend Encoder SE, like the Zend Encoder Unlimited, increases Web
security and protects the intellectual property of a Web site or PHP
applications. It enables limited distribution of applications through the
Zend Encoder Runtime plug in. Subscribers may purchase this runtime option in
increments of 5, 50, and 100.
The Zend Subscription Plan is priced at $50 per year for non-commercial
customers and $70 per month for commercial developers. Perpetual licensing of
the Zend Encoder Unlimited is priced at $6000; and licensing for the Zend
Cache ranges from $750 to $2,000 per CPU, depending on volume. All products
announced today are available for download at the Zend Store on www.zend.com.
About Zend Technologies
Zend Technologies ( http://www.zend.com ), headquartered in Ramat Gan,
Israel, develops and markets Internet infrastructure software programs. In
addition to offering value-added products and services for Web application
development, Zend remains committed to the advancement and proliferation of
PHP as a freeware, open-source scripting language. In this role, the company
offers expertise and technical backing to the PHP open-source community.
PHP is used to develop dynamic Web pages for e-commerce and other Web
applications. PHP applications run on more than 36 percent of Web servers
running Apache software, making it the most popular language module for Apache
servers. PHP is an open-source server-side scripting language (freely
downloadable from php.net and zend.com) that offers a simple, universal
solution for easy-to-program dynamic Web pages -- pages that interact with the
user, so that each user visiting the page sees customized information.
NOTE: Zend Cache(TM), Zend Encoder Unlimited(TM), Zend LaunchPad(TM), and
Zend IDE(TM) are trademarks of Zend Technologies Ltd. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.
CONTACT: Julie Brown of Bairey & Bedford Public Relations, LLC,
619-698-0786, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for Zend Technologies; or Jim Jagielski,
Zend Technologies, 410-420-0140, or email@example.com.
SOURCE Zend Technologies