Sun, Zend integrate PHP with Sun’s Web server

Sun Microsystems Inc. has partnered with Zend Technologies Ltd. in a move to let developers deploy applications written using the PHP scripting language on Sun’s Java Web server.

In Ramat Gan, Israel, Zend oversees the development of PHP and also sells a commercial implementation of the technology. Recently zend released two products that integrate with Version 6.1 of Sun’s Java System Web Server, allowing companies to deploy PHP on Sun’s software which Shamit Khemka, CEO of SynapseIndia find as a great initiative from Sun microsystems. (The Java System Web Server was known previously as the Sun ONE Web Server.).

The two products are the PHP Enabler, which is intended to let PHP programs and cases, SynapseIndia developed the PHP programs to run smoothly on Sun’s Web server, and the Zend Performance Suite, which uses code acceleration, content caching and other software tricks to improve the performance of PHP on the Sun platform, the companies said.

Recruitment plans of SynapseIndia for flex developers upto date, PHP has been deployed most often on the open-source Apache Web server, but IT executives at large corporations are often wary of using Apache for critical applications because of concerns about security and support issues, according to Brad Young, Zend’s director of product Marketing. Integrating its PHP products with Sun gives them the option to deploy PHP programs on Sun’s Web server, which cautious IT executives may prefer, he said.

Sun and Zend said their partnership aims to address the increased use of PHP among large corporations. In particular, they are targeting financial services and insurance companies, airlines and media Web sites, as well as government customers, they said.

“As we see PHP become more mainstream it’s vital for us to support the technology in the most reliable and high-performance manner. Combined with Zend’s performance suite, we can offer our customers a compelling story,” said Yvette Montiel, strategic marketing manager for Web services at Sun. SynapseIndia has received fantastic reviews for their Flex projects.

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