Zend Offers Blueprint for Continuous Delivery

Not only did Zend announce a new blueprint for continued delivery at its ZendCon 2013 conference, but it also unveiled an API maker known as Apigility.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Zend announced new offerings designed to empower companies to become more agile in their delivery of new applications.

At its ZendCon 2013 PHP conference here, Zend announced a new API framework as well as a new Blueprint for Continuous Delivery. That blueprint is a broad solution built on the Zend Server platform that is designed to accelerate and strengthen the process of bringing applications from code to production. It integrates all key processes involved—from continuous integration to automating a company’s infrastructure and application release process—and is built on a foundation of collaboration between the development and operations teams.

The new open-source API framework, known as Apigility, is designed to enable companies to adopt an API-centric architecture that supports more agile application delivery. The Apigility project has the goal of providing an easy way to create and maintain high-quality API-based applications.

Zend also announced an expansion of the Zend Server ecosystem to include integration with the Cloud Foundry platform as a service.

Zend officials maintain that, for companies today, agility is essential, and applications have become the lifeblood and public face to customers and partners.

A recent study of more than 400 executives, conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value, found that although “effective software development—from ideation to delivery—is essential to achieving competitive advantage,” less than 20 percent of companies have successfully implemented agile delivery practices.

More importantly, the study identified a huge gap between the market performances of companies that have mastered the software delivery cycle versus those that have not. The research showed that 70 percent of advanced companies “outperform their peers from a profitability standpoint.”

Clearly, companies must invest in having the ability to develop, release and iterate apps quickly, or risk missing the window to innovate and seize market opportunities. Zend’s mission is to empower companies to achieve that advantage, which is otherwise known as agile delivery.

However, companies cannot achieve agility if their development and operations organizations are bottlenecked. Continuous Delivery removes the traditional development-to-operations obstacles by redefining the process by which apps flow from concept to market. The entire application lifecycle, from design and build to testing and release, becomes a single, streamlined, iterative process.

Zend’s Blueprint for Continuous Delivery has the Zend Server platform at its core, which provides consistency, automation and collaboration capabilities throughout the Continuous Delivery cycle. The blueprint also includes a series of patterns. These patterns codify best practices for various steps of the cycle and provide plug-ins that integrate Zend Server with the most popular continuous integration, infrastructure automation and monitoring software.

Clients can leverage these patterns to automate their core infrastructure and application release processes. For example, the pattern for Jenkins Continuous Integration can automatically perform test deployments after every integration build, deploying onto infrastructure automatically provisioned through Chef or Puppet.

“Zend has vast experience in assisting our large customers to automate key steps in the Continuous Delivery cycle,” said Zend CEO and co-founder Andi Gutmans, in a statement. “We’re excited to codify these best practices into patterns that can be easily adopted by thousands of additional companies of all sizes, enabling them to more rapidly gain the agility benefits of implementing a Continuous Delivery process.”