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Ramat Gan, Israel, June 4, 2002 - Zend Technologies Ltd., the creators of PHP 4, and the Zend Engine, on which all PHP sites are run, today announced that as of April 2002, PHP, the open-source software phenomenon, has surpassed Microsoft's ASP as the most popular server-side Web scripting technology on the Internet.

According to a Netcraft survey published in April 2002, PHP is now being used by over 24% of the sites on the Internet. Of the 37.6 million web sites reported worldwide (, PHP is running on over 9 million sites and continues to grow at an explosive rate. Over the past two years PHP has averaged a 6.5% monthly growth rate.

PHP, a recursive acronym for "Hypertext Preprocessor", is an open-source server-side scripting language designed for creating robust and reliable dynamic Web pages for e-commerce and other mission critical Web applications.

Inherent Advantages
PHP's early growth can be attributed to its open-source roots as a free Web scripting technology that came bundled with the popular LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) open-source quartet. Its new rapidly growing enterprise adoption for vital Web applications is now a direct result of PHP's three key advantages over competing technologies:
Designed for the Web - PHP has built-in features to handle heavily trafficked sites and to simplify common Web programming tasks.
Ease of Use - Companies gain enhanced productivity of development teams and significantly reduced time-to-market of mission critical web applications.
Open Source - Collaborative development leads to rapid technology advancement, superior code quality, a massive library of prewritten code, and comprehensive developer support and documentation.
Surge in Enterprise PHP Adoption
Since the latest major release of PHP (PHP 4) in June of 2000, a rapidly growing number of enterprises worldwide have discovered the technological and business advantages of PHP. Prominent corporations using PHP today include Cisco, Worldcom, NTT DoCoMo, CMG, Vodafone, Motorola, Siemens, Ericsson, CBS, Unilever, Philips, BMC, NTT, Air Canada, JAL, Lufthansa, OnVista, Lycos Europe and Deutsche Bank.
Joshua Starr, Sr. Developer and Directory Architect at Worldcom said, "PHP allows us to create and maintain our next-generation LDAP Directory infrastructure very efficiently. Our ability to develop and deploy PHP applications rapidly in a diverse environment is the key to our success."

"Lycos Europe's service offerings such as Lycos Signup and Lycos Tripod are fully written in PHP. We chose PHP because of it's reliability, superior run-time performance, efficient database access, native Apache integration and because it was very easy to learn and use." said Heiko Holzheuer, Sr. Software Engineer.

"We're extremely proud of PHP's meteoric rise to mainstream web development and our role in ensuring its commercial viability and mission critical impact in the enterprise. PHP has changed the Internet landscape by making cost-effective, rapid development of robust, high performance web applications and dynamic web sites a reality for small and large corporations worldwide." said Doron Gerstel, Zend co-founder and CEO. "We've seen demand for our PHP development, deployment and optimization products surge, especially with enterprise customers, as companies realize PHP's performance benefits and substantial impact on there IT bottom-line."