Parallels and Zend Form Technology Partnership Joint Solutions Will Optimize PHP Technology and the Application Packaging Standard

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Zend Technologies and Parallels today announced that they will collaborate on solutions that enable hosting providers to deliver world-class PHP applications through Parallels’ control panels and server virtualization offerings. The companies will deliver product interoperability and integration, define packaging and distribution standards, and pursue joint marketing initiatives.Zend products will be certified with the Application Packaging Standard (APS), a new application packaging format designed to help easily and quickly implement software as a service (SaaS). Using the APS standard, hosting providers will be able to configure technology stacks based on Zend products to deliver premium PHP solutions for operating business-critical web applications.

“The APS standard is already supported by more than 100 PHP applications for everything from blogging and collaboration to content management, ecommerce and CRM,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. “The Parallels-Zend partnership advances the web hosting industry by helping service providers deliver a greater variety of professional PHP applications and by growing the channel for PHP application vendors.” “With thousands of web applications available for individual and business use, PHP is one of the key technologies for hosting companies to support,” said Mark de Visser, chief marketing officer, Zend Technologies. “Combining the PHP expertise of Zend with the packaging, delivery and maintenance capabilities of the APS standard will further expand the portfolio of high-quality PHP applications.” “It is exciting to see Parallels and Zend extending their partnership,” said Jochen Berger, CTO of intergenia AG. “We believe that this collaboration will enable us to broaden our portfolio with applications built on Zend technology.” Availability Zend and Parallels will deliver an APS-compliant Zend Framework and an updated version of Zend Optimizer later this quarter. Over time, the companies plan to release new versions of all Zend products that support the APS standard.

About Parallels – Optimized Computing Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit

About Zend – The PHP Company 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 25,000 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

CONTACT: Parallels Inc Ben Rudolph, 425-282-6446 Director of Corp Communications or SparkPR for ZEND Jeff Koo, 415-321-1866 Copyright Business Wire 2008 -0- KEYWORD: United States