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  • Zend & RightScale: The Ferrari of PHP Deployment has Arrived

    Posted on August 15th, 2011 phpguru No comments

    Zend Server is already the Cadillac of PHP Application Servers.

    The Ferrari of PHP Application Deployments has arrived.

    At least some, if not many PHP application developers are comfortable maintaining an Apache-based web server on Linux, the critical hardware that most often drives the web. Apache is free, and PHP is free, but you can’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty if you need to upgrade your software, install a new module, or tweak your server config.

    Most, if not all PHP developers are familiar with Zend, the engine that powers the PHP scripting language interpreter, and many great sites are developed using the Zend Framework.

    Zend PHP Cloud Platform on RightScale

    The Zend Framework is an enormous collection of ready-to-go building blocks (object-oriented PHP classes) for building just about any type of web application. There’s no question that their Zend Studio IDE ($299, built on Eclipse) is a solid PHP development platform, and Zend Server ($1,195 and up for support licenses) provides a terrific web-based GUI for managing your development, staging or production server’s LAMP stack.

    A little pricey, maybe, but if you rely on a LAMP environment for your deployed software applications and you don’t have a lot of time or resources to be fiddling with your server software, Zend solutions still are excellent product choices to rely on from the company most closely associated with PHP development.

    In today’s inbox, Zend announced a partnership with RightScale. If you’re not already familiar with RightScale, their service piggy-backs onto Amazon AWS to give you a nice, clean, friendly UI to manage and deploy webscale applications in the cloud. If you’ve ever experimented with Amazon AWS, you know it can be a little confusing and cumbersome to manage multiple server configurations as they scale.

    "Considering PHP's ubiquity on the web, it wasn't a question of it embraced the cloud, but when," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. "With the recently announced RightScale/Zend partnership, the two companies are offering PHP users the best of both worlds, with the time to market of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and the flexibility of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)."

    With RightScale, you can save server templates and security group configurations, manage users and more. In the same way that Jenkins can help you automate testing your PHP applications and delivering them seamlessly to your server environments, RightScale can help you manage multiple-server cloud server application architectures with ease. Really a big time-saver.

    Definitely not cheap, but absolutely worth checking out if you have a decent budget and need to save time managing PHP cloud deployments.

    Scalable, Flexible, Portable PHP in the Cloud

    RightScale and Zend recently introduced a solution to provide a best practices path to launching and maintaining highly-available PHP applications in the cloud. Learn more about the RightScale and Zend Solution Pack: attend our webinar on August 17.

    Join us on August 17 for a demo of this new cloud solution that
    enables you to:


    Provision a pre-configured, high availability PHP environment
    in minutes
    Autoscale your application based on system and application
    load metrics
    Receive system, server and application-level monitoring,
    alerting and diagnostics
    Abstract your application from underlying cloud infrastructure to
    enable future portability 

    Topic: Introducing “PaaS in a Box”: Scalable, Flexible, Portable PHP in the Cloud
    Date: Wednesday, August 17
    Time: 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST / 6 PM CEST
    Speakers: Uri Budnik – Director ISV Partner Program, RightScale
    Claudio Gentile – Sales Engineer, RightScale
    Kevin Schroeder – Zend Technology Evangelist, Zend





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