"Zend hopes the PHP software for generating Web pages on the fly
will be as good a foundation for its business plan as Linux has
been for Red Hat."
"PHP is used so servers can automatically create customized Web
pages, enabling Web site features such as online shopping carts.
Tuesday, the company will begin selling a packaged version of PHP
and programming tools to use it, a caching product to speed up PHP
performance and an encryption product that will let programmers
develop proprietary uses of PHP, said Jim Jagielski, U.S. chief
technology officer of the Ramat Gan, Israel-based company...."
"Zend isn't starting from scratch, though, a major advantage
over some open-source companies. Zend can take advantage of the
popularity of Apache, the No. 1 software package used to send Web
pages out to Internet surfers, according to Netcraft."