Zend Primes PHP for the Enterprise

Software platform delivers reliability, scalability and interoperability to PHP applications.

Zend Technologies Inc., creator of the open-source PHP Web application development language, has announced new software to make PHP ready for the enterprise.

The Cupertino, Calif., company this week announced Zend Platform 1.1, an integrated software platform that delivers reliability, scalability and interoperability to PHP applications, said Pamela Roussos, vice president at Zend.

"Were seeing enterprise-class users beginning to adopt PHP for their applications," Roussos said.

"We asked a lot of users what they wanted, and they said they needed more reliability, scalability and interoperability as a way to make PHP enterprise-grade," Roussos said. "So thats why we did with Zend Platform. At its heart its a central place where aggregators can manage and control their PHP applications."

Zend Platform delivers what Zend calls PHP Intelligence: performance management, configuration control and interoperability with Java applications.

Roussos said PHP Intelligence enables users to pinpoint problems in PHP applications, such as run-time errors; performance, script and function problems; and database errors.

Meanwhile, the new Zend Platform is tightly integrated with the Zend Studio integrated development environment for PHP, Roussos said.

This integration enables developers to "find problems and fix them," she said. "So were tying together the life-cycle management. Were tying in development with production."

Roussos said that although Zend is formally announcing Zend Platform this week, the company did a "quiet release into our installed base" in October and already has 150 customers for the platform.

Zend also on Monday announced a beta release of Zend Studio 4.0, which features integration with the Zend platform and enhanced database integration. Zend Studio 4.0 supports MySQL, SQLite, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Cloudscape and PostgreSQL, Roussos said.


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