CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA – March 04, 2008 – Zend Technologies, the PHP Company,
today announced that high-performance web applications can be deployed with confidence on
Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008, the next generation platform for running business-critical
applications. Microsoft and Zend have worked together on Zend Core, Zend’s tested, certified
and supported version of PHP. Zend Core and PHP are now certified for Windows Server 2008.
“Microsoft and Zend continue to collaborate to ensure performance and reliability with PHP and
Windows,” said Sam Ramji, director of open source technology strategy at Microsoft. “Together
we are creating high levels of compatibility and supporting the workload and the development
styles that our customers want to use on Windows Server.”
This announcement is the latest in a series of collaborations between Zend and Microsoft aimed
at delivering high performance and reliability for PHP applications running on the Windows Server
platform. Several of these enhancements have been contributed back to the PHP community.
Late last year, Microsoft announced delivery of its FastCGI component for IIS, an interface
between PHP and the IIS Web server that delivered substantial reliability and performance
benefits for PHP applications running on Windows. Zend and Microsoft also support Cardspace,
Microsoft’s digital identity framework, which is integrated into Zend Framework, the leading PHP
open source framework for building modern web applications and web services. In addition,
Microsoft has undertaken more than a dozen projects to ensure that the most popular PHP
applications run on Windows, including Mambo, WordPress and Coppermine, among others.
“Today’s announcement is another milestone in our multi-year agreement to ensure that PHP is a
first-class citizen on the Windows Server platform,” said Zend CTO and Co-Founder Andi
Gutmans. “We’re pleased that Windows Server 2008 is ‘PHP ready’ at launch. Going forward,
Zend’s entire product portfolio will support Server 2008, including Zend Platform our PHP
application server which enables managing and scaling large scale PHP applications.”
Windows Server 2008 software certification consists of approximately 100 test cases that
independently confirm an application’s compliance with best practices for compatibility, security,
reliability, and availability on the new platform, while ensuring the software performs in a 64-bit
environment. The certification identifies top-performing technologies that are ready to deploy in
mission-critical environments. As a participant in the Microsoft Early Access Program (EAP) for
Windows Server 2008 Software Certification, Zend Core is one of more than 300 applications that
are eligible for certification on a pre-release version of the new platform.
Details about Windows Server 2008 software certification, its test framework, and the Early
Access Program are available at www.innovateonwindowsserver.com.
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 twenty million websites and has quickly become the most popular language for building
dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than 15,000 companies worldwide, Zend’s family of
products provides a comprehensive platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP
applications. Zend is headquartered in Cupertino, California. For more information, please visit
www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.