Zend Technologies is porting its PHP development tools to IBM\u2019s Series i servers for small and medium-sized business customers, bringing the popular scripting language to a new platform, Zend announced on Monday.Zend will port its PHP tools to the i5\/OS, the flagship operating system for IBM\u2019s Series i servers, which include a package of hardware, operating system software and middleware aimed at smaller businesses.The move reflects the growing popularity of PHP, a relatively easy-to-use programming language widely used for building websites and other Web applications, said Bola Rotibi, senior analyst for software development technologies with U.K. analyst company Ovum."PHP is getting a hell of a lot more use these days. This reflects the importance of it for a company like IBM," Rotibi said.Zend helps develop the language and also sells products and services for building PHP applications. It claims that PHP is used on about 21 million websites, and says its tools are used by 15,000 companies worldwide.It\u2019s in the process of porting its Zend Core, Zend Studio, Zend Guard and Zend Platform products to the IBM platform. The products are planned for release in late 2006, it said. In the meantime, developers can download early versions of Zend Core and Studio from Zend\u2019s website, the company said.-James Niccolai, IDG News ServiceCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.