Zend Offers Blueprint for Continuous Delivery

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-10-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


With the new release, Zend is announcing the first of many patterns, including:

  • Zend Pattern for Continuous Integration with Jenkins
  • Zend Pattern for Infrastructure Automation with Chef
  • Zend Pattern for Infrastructure Automation with Shell Scripts
  • Zend Pattern for Infrastructure Automation with VMware vCloud Automation Center
  • Zend Pattern for Monitoring with Nagios
  • A series of SDKs that enable further custom integrations with any existing continuous integration or automation software or process
In the near future, Zend intends to release additional integrations, including patterns for Puppet Labs IT automation software, Bamboo Continuous Integration server and SNMP monitoring.

“If you’re not able to deliver value iteratively on an ongoing basis, you’re not developing for the Web,” said Jon Marston, vice president of Engineering at English Central, an online English learning Website with unique speech assessment technology for analyzing pronunciation, in a statement. "We were able to implement Continuous Integration with Hudson and tie it into Maven, using the Zend SDK to create packaged applications for robust deployment using Zend Server. As a result, we’re now catching bugs before they make it to QA and pushing out new releases twice a week with much higher confidence.”

Mitch Sonies, vice president of business and corporate development at Puppet Labs, said his company is "excited to collaborate with Zend on delivering a pattern for automating the Enterprise PHP workload using Zend Server and Puppet Labs’ technologies. Adoption of DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices continues to accelerate within the Enterprise, and with it, the need for fully automated, scalable deployments.”

“Enterprise IT is undergoing a major shift as the consumption of goods and services is becoming increasingly digital," said Ken Cheney, vice president of business development at Opscode, maker of Chef. "Technology is now the primary touch point for the customer experience, and the race is on to rapidly deliver new applications and services to market. Enterprise Chef and Zend Server provide the foundation for automating the entire application delivery lifecycle, providing the speed and agility necessary to meet the new normal of customer demand." 

Zend officials said the final piece for attaining true agility is to use an open cloud-based platform that can flex and scale according to business needs. Zend is announcing the intent to deliver a new integration with Cloud Foundry. Zend Server, Zend’s platform for Continuous Delivery, will be made available as a build pack to clients using the Cloud Foundry platform as a service (PaaS). Zend Server is already available on the IBM Smart Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Red Hat OpenShift, RightScale and several other clouds.

“We’re pleased that Zend intends to create a build pack for use with Pivotal CF, our enterprise PaaS powered by Cloud Foundry,” said James Watters, head of product, marketing and ecosystem for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal, in a statement. “By bringing Zend Server to Cloud Foundry, PHP developers can now continuously deliver, iterate and scale their applications, making the application the new unit of deployment, not infrastructure. We believe Zend’s focus on API centric architectures and Continuous Delivery fits well with our vision of Pivotal CF, powered by Cloud Foundry, as the new standard in Enterprise PaaS for the next generation of business applications."

Zend’s Continuous Delivery Blueprint and patterns are available at www.zend.com/blueprint. And early access to the Apigility project can be found at www.apigility.org. Zend welcomes contributions both to the blueprint patterns, which can be accessed at GitHub (https://github.com/organizations/zend-patterns), and to the Apigility project (www.apigility.org).

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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