Feeds

Zend floats PHP cloud development platform

Elastic AppFabric

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Zend has announced a cloud for building and deploying PHP apps on other clouds – but without the management hassle.

The PHP specialist has announced phpcloud.com, which it said was a technology platform and a partner ecosystem based on the company's Zend Framework and Server.

Details are vague, but the technology platform consists of Zend App Fabric and Zend Developer Cloud.

The App Fabric uses the Zend Framework – a library of loosely coupled PHP components – with Zend's PHP stack and management and diagnostics tools.

Zend said App Fabric's capabilities include caching, job queuing, high availability, code tracing, support and hot fixes.

The Developer Cloud, also based on the Zend Framework, is a PHP development environment that comes with Zend's application web server plus PHP extensions.

The cloud is "tightly integrated" with Zend's own Studio, the company said, although it would also work with Eclipse PHP Developer Tools and other PHP tools.

Zend's Developer Cloud debuted with the beta release of the latest update to its PHP development environment, Zend Studio 9.

According to the company, Developer Cloud will provide you with a free, sand-boxed environment for building your PHP applications.

Also released was a beta of Zend Framework 2.0.

Zend Framework 2.0 includes a new version of the SimpleCloud API, with the ability to manipulate cloud server instances on Amazon EC2 and on Rackspace; support for Microsoft's Windows Azure and GoGrid infrastructure-as-a-service is planned in a future release. SimpleCloud API is the project name under which Zend is to port PHP apps between various providers' clouds. It was announced by Zend in 2009 and is backed by Microsoft, IBM, Rackspace, Nirvanix and GoGrid.

PHP is one of the staple languages of the web, used by five million developers. Among those programming in PHP are web darlings Zynga as well as Drupal and Facebook.

Zuckerburg's social network actually re-wrote PHP early last year, creating create HipHop to squeeze out more speed from its web pages without bolting on more hardware at the server-farm side. HipHop turned dynamic PHP code into highly optimized but static C++ and compiled it using the GNU C++ compiler, g++.

The emphasis of Zend's PHP thrust appears to be to maintain PHP's ascendancy by freeing devs from needing to manage the deployment of their apps to the cloud or worry about on-going administration. Zend does not appear to be offering - say - its own platform-as-a-service for that'll host your PHP apps and could see Zend going into potential competition against services using PHP.

As such, it seems, there's been some integration between the core Zend elements of its new cloud – the Framework and Server, which is a web application server – and other people's clouds.

Zend said on the phpcloud site: "All applications are housed within a container on the Zend Application Fabric. This container is separate from all other containers and has its own database instance and is easily connected to your IDE."

The company claimed apps will deploy to "any" cloud, but listed Amazon's CloudFormation sample templates, Rackspace, Rightscale and IBM's SmartCloud. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.