Today, we’re pleased to announce that PHP 7.0 - the fastest and most efficient PHP ever - is officially released!
PHP 7.0 brings you unprecedented levels of real-world performance and throughput by utilizing the new and advanced Zend Engine 3.0, designed and refactored for speed and reduced memory consumption. This translates to real-world benefits: greatly decreased response times, superior user experiences, and the ability to serve more users with fewer servers to maximize the power of your PHP 7.0 deployment.
The explosive performance improvements of PHP 7.0 range between 50% and 200% on real-world apps - without changing a single line of code.
PHP 7.0 also uses much less memory thanks to the compact data structures and the highly-refactored codebase of Zend Engine 3.0. Memory consumption gains between 30% and 50% are commonly realized, allowing you to serve more concurrent users without adding additional server hardware.
If light-speed PHP isn’t enough, you’ll be happy to know that PHP 7.0 comes with many new features, including Return Type Declarations, Scalar Type Hints, Anonymous Classes, and even a SpaceShip Operator. Check out our PHP 7 Resources page. Further details are available here.
Start your journey now
The best way to evaluate PHP 7.0 is Zend Server for PHP 7.0, now available as a Technology Preview. Installing the preview lets you experience the new PHP with minimal hassle and without worrying about build environments or library dependencies. You’ll get the full, extensive PHP stack with dozens of extensions out of the box and the next-generation Z-Ray developer’s dashboard built right in.
Check out our PHP 7 Resources page and also download the Zend Server Tech Preview to get a feel for what PHP 7.0 offers and remember, you’re not alone. Watch, read, and learn from the experts below or talk to us directly - we’ve already helped many teams get ready for PHP 7.
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- Download the Zend Server PHP 7 tech preview
- Learn more at DevZone: Getting started, Starting your migration, Setting up your PHP 7 environment
- See the complete list of updates at php.net