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New phpcloud.com leverages the cloud for collaboration and what Zend anticipates being a uniquely productive development experience.

Zend Technologies announced its new PHP developer cloud yesterday at the seventh annual ZendCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif.  For millions of developers looking to develop in and for the cloud, phpcloud.com will provide a uniquely productive developer experience and a robust application platform provided by Zend Technologies on the proven Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure. phpcloud.com will offer developers the power to build, deploy, and manage cloud applications with greater ease while reaping cloud benefits of elasticity, scalability, and economy, the company said.

Data growth, unpredictable traffic, and rising expectations for on-demand, always-available Web performance are driving demand for scalable and reliable enterprise apps. To meet this challenge, developers need to tap the dynamic and elastic nature of the cloud and the agility of PHP so they can deliver quality Web apps quickly and cost-effectively, according to the company. Together, Amazon Web Services and Zend are providing a reliable, scalable and highly available cloud infrastructure and PHP Platform as a Service (PaaS).

“We are excited to see Zend utilize Amazon Web Services to provide the underlying services for phpcloud.com,” said Terry Wise, director of Business Development at Amazon Web Services. “This service will enable developers to harness our elastic, secure, pay-as-you-go platform, providing them the flexibility to build their applications the way they want to.”

“phpcloud.com provides the developer community with industry-leading tools, a rock-solid PHP runtime, and app lifecycle best practices,” said Andi Gutmans, Zend CEO. “All this on AWS, a most reliable and scalable cloud infrastructure that has been proven in some of the world’s largest online enterprises. Now developers can have more time for coding and the ability to deploy cloud apps quickly and confidently in response to changing business requirements and be the heroes of their organizations by delivering better quality apps in less time,” Gutmans said.

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Zend CEO Andi Gutmans announcing the company's new developer cloud, phpcloud.com, at ZendCon 2011 in Santa Clara this week.
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Inside phpcloud.com

phpcloud.com offers Zend Developer Cloud, a uniquely productive cloud development environment, and Zend Application Fabric, a robust application platform that delivers best of breed PHP on AWS. The availability of phpcloud.com on the established and economical AWS infrastructure makes it a highly appealing alternative for SMB and enterprise developers regardless of their business or industry segment, Zend believes.

Free PHP Developer Sandbox

Zend Developer Cloud provides a free PHP developer sandbox that enables instant developer productivity and deep application insight tools, such as code tracing, that enable real-time debugging and problem resolution. Zend Developer Cloud also offers collaborative capabilities making it easy for developers to show work in progress to stakeholders and facilitate collaboration on large-scale joint development projects. All of these elements will combine to help developers accelerate delivery of quality application code. Following are a few of the benefits of phpcloud.com:

  • Instant productivity with a development sandbox available in seconds
  • Powerful tooling to make troubleshooting easier
  • Collaboration with peers and stakeholders is more natural because it is easy to clone and share fully functional application stacks
  • Teams can build and test production-ready deployment packages with greater confidence
  • Developers have the advantage of integration with a range of popular development environment options; for example, Zend Studio, Eclipse PDT, command line interface, and other tools.

Zend Application Fabric

Zend Application Fabric is an application platform that delivers best of breed PHP on Amazon Web Services. Integrated with Zend Developer Cloud, Zend Application Fabric offers a robust platform that fully leverages the power of the cloud. Using Zend Application Fabric, teams can deploy with the confidence of knowing that their cloud apps can meet end-user expectation for fast responses, while being elastic enough to scale with fluctuating and unpredictable demand, and dependable enough to ensure high availability in today’s always connected, always-on world. Zend Application Fabric offers the following advantages:

  • Enterprise-class, secure PHP Stack, fully supported by Zend Technologies 
  • The dependability of built-in application monitoring and management
  • Auto-scaling to scale up or down while retaining high availability without changing a line of application code
  • A consistent, industrial-strength deployment environment based on Zend Server technology and best practices
  • Easy integration into cloud management and data center automation solutions
  • Multi-level performance optimization including caching and job queuing
  • Real-time visibility and resolution of application issues via code tracing with root-cause analysis

Cross-cloud portability provides freedom of choice to deploy to leading cloud infrastructures, including Amazon Web Services, IBM SmartCloud, Rackspace and Red Hat, and for deployment on-premise. The ability to optimize performance helps ensure that modern web applications meet users’ high expectations for responsiveness.

According to Sam Hennessy, Software Architect, i3logix, “phpcloud.com will allow us to monitor and manage the custom PHP Web apps we build, from development through deployment. These apps are deployed to a large number of QA, UAT and demo environments. With Zend Developer Cloud, we can set up an environment to run ad hoc demos of new application feature sets without the need to involve a sys admin. It gives us a consistent develop-deploy environment from workstation to cloud. We can provide our QA team with a packaged app that they can deploy and test within the Developer Cloud, and we can respond to customers faster showing work in progress and developing iteratively.”

i3logix provides intelligent software with innovative products and services to business and industry worldwide, specializing in human capital and healthcare.

“Zend Developer Cloud has great potential for both corporate and freelance PHP developers,” said Cal Evans, CMO, Blue Parabola. “Kudos to Zend on making it incredibly simple to set up a cloud development environment and be up and running in short order. In my opinion, it’s worthwhile for every PHP developer to snag a development account and get involved with the PHP community in this cloud development experience.”

Blue Parabola provides professional PHP consulting services.

Phpcloud.com at ZendCon 2011

phpcloud.com was unveiled by Zend co-founder Andi Gutmans, Zend CEO, and Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale during the opening keynote at ZendCon 2011, the annual gathering of PHP thought leaders and developers from around the world. Kent Mitchell, Zend director of Product Management, showed the approximately 1,500 developers in attendance how easy it was to develop and deploy an application on phpcloud.com with a live demonstration inside the grand ballroom of Northern California’s Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Zend is a partner to business for the rapid delivery of modern apps across mobile and cloud. It is the leading provider of software and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical applications in PHP, which runs more than one-third of the world’s Web sites. Zend’s industry-leading PHP solutions, including Zend Server and Zend Studio, are deployed at more than 40,000 companies worldwide, providing a comprehensive solution for the entire application lifecycle. Learn more at www.zend.com.

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