Introducing Zend Collaborates with IBM, Rackspace and RightScale to Fuel the Next Generation of Web Applications in the Cloud

Oct 18, 2011, 11:30 ET from Zend Technologies

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZendCon 2011 -- Zend Technologies, the PHP Company, today announced, an innovative technology platform and partner ecosystem for cloud application development and delivery aimed at helping PHP developers build the next generation of web applications. Previewing the new platform at ZendCon will be Zend co-founders Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski, who are among the early authors of PHP — the foundational language for leading social apps and networks including Facebook, Zynga, Drupal and Yahoo! — now used by five million developers.

(Logo: by Zend – A Smarter Way to Develop and Run Web Apps in the Cloud brings together an open technology platform and an industry-leading partner ecosystem that will offer a smarter way of working in the cloud. With, PHP developers can experience the power of a fast, iterative development environment and an automated, massively scalable production environment, with the freedom to deploy on any cloud.  

Zend Application Fabric provides an open, elastic platform with everything needed to successfully run and scale business-critical PHP applications on public and private cloud infrastructures.  Streamlining development, testing and deployment processes saves time and helps improve application quality. Auto-scaling leverages the cloud's elastic nature to maintain high availability despite fluctuating and unpredictable demand. 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.

Zend Developer Cloud provides both a free developer sandbox that enables instant developer productivity, and deep application insight tools such as code tracing that enable real-time bug squashing. It includes a robust PHP runtime, Zend Framework and more, so there's no need to spend time on building the stack.  Zend Developer Cloud also offers collaborative capabilities, making it easy for developers to share source code files, show work in progress to stakeholders, and team up productively on large-scale joint development projects.

Partner Ecosystem

Zend is collaborating with industry-leading partners who are committed to supporting deployment of cloud-ready apps running on the Zend Application Fabric. Joining Zend in cloud-focused keynote presentations at ZendCon will be Amazon Web Services, IBM, Rackspace, Red Hat and RightScale.

Quote:  Adrian Otto, Chief of Research, Rackspace

"Zend Application Fabric provides valuable visibility into the performance and health of running cloud applications, while simplifying what it takes to run highly available and fault tolerant PHP applications.  Rackspace is thrilled when tools like this enable our customers to use the technology they want while enjoying the Fanatical Support® experience they love."

Quote:  Michael Crandell, CEO, RightScale

"The RightScale Cloud Management Platform together with Zend Application Fabric gives customers the ability to deploy scalable enterprise PHP applications on a variety of clouds, such as Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. Our jointly developed RightScale Zend PHP Solution Pack provides a high-quality proven architecture that allows for super fast on-boarding and auto-scaling as well as customizing PHP application deployments. By using RightScale, customers ensure portability and distribution across clouds for high availability and geographic needs."

Zend Previews Zend Framework 2.0

ZendCon attendees will also be the first to preview new cloud capabilities in Zend Framework, the leading application development framework for PHP applications. Zend Framework 2.0 will include a new version of SimpleCloud API, featuring the ability to manipulate cloud server instances on Amazon EC2 and Rackspace, with support for Windows Azure and GoGrid planned for a future release. Zend Framework's Model-View-Controller (MVC) layer has been re-architected to deliver significant advances in both performance and flexibility. In addition, a new event system enables integration with Zend Framework workflows and provides flexible workflows in enterprise applications.

About ZendCon 2011

Now celebrating its 7th year of PHP community-building and growth, ZendCon 2011 will be held from Oct. 17-20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  Along with keynotes by Zend, eBay, Amazon and MongoDB, ZendCon 2011 provides four days of professional education, training and networking opportunities for the PHP community. The event targets professional developers, IT/development managers, system administrators and business managers, offering 12 focus areas with over 80 sessions and tutorials.  Event sponsors include IBM, Adobe, RightScale, MongoDB/10gen, JetBrains, Mashery, and OSSCube. To learn more or to register, visit

About Zend Technologies

Zend provides the best way to deliver web apps in the cloud. Co-founded in 1999 by Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski, Zend helped establish the PHP language, which runs more than one-third of the world's Web sites. Today, Zend is the leading provider of software and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical applications in PHP. Zend's award-winning PHP solutions including Zend Server and Zend Studio are used by more than 40,000 companies, including: NYSE Euronext, BNP Paribas, GE, Bell Helicopter, France Telecom and other leading brands worldwide. Learn more at

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