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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Zend Server 5.5 Beta Advances PHP Automation -

Zend Server 5.5 Beta Advances PHP Automation

Enterprise PHP vendor Zend is now testing a new version of its Zend Server in an effort to improve PHP application deployment automation.

Zend Server 5.5 will be the first major update to the PHP middleware platform since the 5.0 release in October of 2009. The Zend Server 5.5 release has a key focus on helping to improve automated PHP app deployment.

"Zend Server 5.5 continues a focus of ours on enabling the strong connection between development and operations," Zend CEO Andi Gutmans told

One of the new features in Zend Server is the enablement of management software that can automate the setup of clusters.

"So if you're using something like Puppet or Chef you can easily provision and use Zend Server and then programmatically register and un-register Zend Servers within a production or development environment," Gutmans said.

Gutmans explained that the server registration process takes care of replicating sessions and high-availability. He added that if a new server comes up and is registered in a cluster, Zend Server automatically deploys the application and configures the server.

"What we're really enabling is the automation of building Zend Server in a cloud environment or on bare metal," Gutmans said.

Gutmans noted that the new application deployment feature in Zend Server 5.5 is the most requested feature that his company has had for the product in the past few years. He added that in general he has seen a lack of best practices around deployment as well as a breakdown between how developers build and test versus how applications come into production.


I'm thinking of trying Zend out on my Server...


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