Zend Technologies is teaming with IBM to preload Zend's PHP-based Web stack with every shipment of IBM i software, the integrated operating environment for IBM Power Systems. More than 22 million Internet domains deploy PHP, including Yahoo and Facebook. The PHP developer community is estimated to consist of about 5 million developers and the PHP application ecosystem features key applications such as the popular Drupal open-source content management system.
which refers to itself as the PHP company, announced Feb.
5 that it is "teaming with IBM to
preload Zend's Web stack with every shipment of IBM
i software, the integrated operating environment for IBM
Power Systems, including all hardware that ships with IBM
Zend continued in a news release, "Zend's PHP-based Web solution stack
lets customers Web enable IBM i assets and
includes support on IBM i for rapid
application development and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)." With PHP, IBM
i users also gain access to the ecosystem of PHP applications and the professional
developer community Zend has helped garner, the company said.
"PHP is the most popular Web development language due to its ease of
use and enterprise-grade functionality," IBM
officials said. "More than 22 million Internet domains deploy PHP,
including Yahoo and Facebook." The PHP developer community is estimated to
consist of about 5 million developers and the PHP application ecosystem
features key applications such as the popular Drupal open-source content
and Zend have an ongoing relationship
based around the Zend PHP platform. Back in July of 2005, IBM
and Zend announced the availability of Zend Core for IBM,
an integrated solution specifically designed to help developers deploy database
applications and services based on PHP. At the time, IBM
and Zend also announced that they were jointly working on furthering PHP
technology to include improved high-level database integration frameworks and
enhanced PHP Web services standards.
To read more about the partnership
between IBM and Zend, click here.
"Since the start of IBM and Zend's
joint partnership, more than 12,000 IBM i
customers from 150 countries have obtained Zend products for IBM
I ... [With Zend Core] now bundled with the IBM
i operating environment, IBM customers now
enjoy an out-of-the-box experience with PHP on both the IBM
i 5.4 and IBM i 6.1 implementations,"
Zend said in the release.
Scott Handy, vice president of worldwide marketing, strategy and sales
support for IBM Power Systems, said the
announcement is "an expansion of the relationship between the two
companies to further enhance PHP-based offerings for IBM
i customers. ... Our customers asked for PHP and we brought Zend PHP to the
platform. The enthusiasm for-and utilization of-Zend PHP has exceeded our
Zend and IBM have delivered "PHP-based
products, support, services and education for IBM
i. Recently, based on feedback from IBM i
customers, Zend has delivered a 5250 bridge to simplify the modernization and
extension of business applications," the company said.
"We have worked with midsize and large [IBM]
i clients to run PHP applications ranging from complete order management
systems, to Web-enabling their green screen ERP systems, to leveraging the vast
open-source application portfolio that continues to grow every day," Andi
Gutmans, CEO of Zend Technologies, said in a
statement. "In addition, IBM and Zend
business partners are generating revenue by Web-enabling green screen
applications and building new Web-based applications, reducing costs and
extending the long life of this powerful platform."
John Horner, IBM
Power Systems programming manager at APi Group, said his company is a heavy
user of IBM i. "Rather than move to a brand-name ERP system
implementation estimated to cost eight figures-plus and take three years to
implement, we were able to significantly reduce our risk, stay on IBM
Power Systems platforms and completely modernize our applications using Zend
Solutions for PHP," he said. "We completed this project at one-tenth
the cost and in only 18 months."